Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A trip back to the The Gardens at Cornerstone


In 2012 I was able to make a quick run through The Gardens at Cornerstone. From their website: "Situated along the main gateway between Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley, The Gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma are a series of walk-through gardens showcasing new and innovative designs from the world's finest landscape architects and designers. When commissioned, these artists were given the freedom to create anything from traditional gardens to modern, conceptual installations. Each designer was provided a garden parcel of approximately 1,800 square feet, a few practical considerations and infinite opportunity."

I would have loved to have spent more time there, but a quick visit is better than no visit at all. My original post about the garden is here. In that post I mention their website being out of date, it looks to have been improved some over the last couple of years.

I toyed with the idea of returning this last September when we visited the Bay Area but decided to forgo the drive. Maybe next time.

I still think about those large agaves in the swaying grass...

This post is part of a week long series looking back at earlier garden visits and my posts on them. All material © 2009-2014 by Loree Bohl for danger garden. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited and just plain rude.

18 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting collection of diverse displays. I'm wondering what that bromeliad(?) is in the first picture. I do like the big blue agaves coming up out of the grass, with the Ceanothus behind. My eye keeps getting pulled towards that bare patch at the end of the Ceanothus hedge, though. Poor thing.

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    1. I wish I knew! It's planted in with a bunch of Beschorneria but definitely the bloom has the look of a bromeliad.

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  2. Have to say I'm enjoying your look back posts as much as your new ones!

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  3. Btw, Happy New Year and see you next year!!

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    1. And happy new year to you both as well. Fun to think that I will see you next year, yay!

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  4. I'm enjoying this looks back at some favorites. Seeing this reminds me I need to pull all the perennials away from my big agave this spring and that feather grass is the best replacement.

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    1. A timely photo to share then, glad to inspire.

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  5. I remember this post and am enjoying revisiting these gardens very much!

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  6. I love the idea of conceptual art in garden design.

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    1. If you ever get down that way...

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  7. I like the looks back (or is it "look backs"?) as I either didn't see some of these the first time around, or I just don't remember. I might have to do that too, as winter posts seem so limited...

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Happy New Year to you to Alan! Any chance you'll be in Toronto this June?

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  8. This is a great idea...wish I had the land to do this! Oh well, I'll just try to design some of my own... The last pic of the agaves and grasses...stealing it, um adapting, right now.

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  9. Another post I missed. I've previously only seen Cornerstone through the eyes of Jamie Drurie via an old Victory Garden episode and I much prefer your tour. I'm wondering where I could put a big pipe like that. I really need to get up to the Bay Area!

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    1. Oh Kris you'll have so much fun! Let me know if you need any reminders of places to visit.

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