Gardens to See
by Judi Kleidon, MG
One of the pleasures of traveling is the discovery of public gardens. Early this summer, we visited the wine country and, of course, we got to visit a lot of gardens because almost every winery has something other than grape vines to show off. Unfortunately, they don’t really advertise their gardens, so you just have to look for the special corners they cultivate.
Here are a couple of gardens we got to visit:
The first garden we visited was the Luther Burbank Home and Garden located in downtown Santa Rosa. We had been there before and enjoyed seeing the garden again. Burbank is famous for developing many new plants like the Shasta daisy and spineless cactus that are still grown on the property.
The following day we visited Cornerstone, just outside Sonoma. This is actually a collection of small gardens designed by different landscape architects. The various small gardens are framed by trees, shrubs and walkways as well as a lily pond and some very interesting garden decorations.
It was fun to see the different gardening concepts, the vegetable garden and the unique garden decorations they have on display. Cornerstone was a very worthwhile stop while touring the wine country.
Hope some day you have an opportunity to enjoy the many gardens of California’s wine country.
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