Cornerstone gardens and design, Travel Photo Mondays #13

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Cornerstone gardens and design

Today I’m taking you to one of my favorite spots in Sonoma, California called Cornerstone – a very cool garden/design center, and unique destination attraction just outside of the town of Sonoma in wine country.  Conceptualized initially as an exhibit space for avant-garde and leading garden design and art, the center is a magnificent mixture of design focused shops, galleries and lifestyle boutiques.  Cornerstone incorporates the best of wine country lifestyle to include: imaginative cafes, wine tasting rooms, wedding and educational facilities, design galleries and studios, antique stores, and a mix of home furnishing and garden based shops.


First lets take a look at some of the really cool garden installments:




  Above is a simple grass meadow created with various California wild grasses and rounded sculptures adorning the mowed pathways … simple and yet cool don’t you think?



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Mediterranean gardens




 An eclectic planting mixed of agaves and grass mixed in with sculpture







 Ceramic bamboo art canes between the rose beds


Cornerstone gardens and design, Travel Photo Mondays

Late summer roses



 Hard lines of the agave cactus contrasting with soft feather grass



Cornerstone gardens and design, Travel Photo Mondays

Cactus and grasses



 Inventive wire and stone fences create interesting divisions between

open spaces and gardening zones where a stand of artichokes are ready to




Cornerstone gardens and design, Travel Photo Mondays

Artichoke buds


  Cool design

The show gardens are quite exceptional and lovingly maintained. Designed by well-known landscape designers and installation artists – the various garden rooms represent a who’s who of famous personalities in the design and landscaping world. Cornerstone also offers an ongoing series of design and garden focused events, seminars and design or architectural activities. Currently, Cornerstone gardens are touted as the premiere center and fusion of art, architecture, design and landscape in California if not the United States, making it is worth a visit for visitors that admire and gravitate to aesthetics and design focused environments .




 Above, an art installation you walk through rough timbers in a pond presents a precarious sensory experience.



sculpture in between the grasses

sculpture in between the grasses




Cornerstone gardens and design, Travel Photo Mondays

More sculpture and wild grasses




Cornerstone gardens and design, Travel Photo Mondays



It’s easy to spend a pleasant morning or even most of the day  enjoying the magnificent garden installations and galleries at Cornerstone in Sonoma. In an up-coming post, I’ll focus on some more of the design galleries and cool shops at Cornerstone that make this place worth visiting if you plan on going visiting Sonoma. Meanwhile, please come and visit these other bloggers below sharing their photo essays.


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26 Responses to Cornerstone gardens and design, Travel Photo Mondays #13

  1. jesh stg October 16, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    love sculptural art that blends into the landscape!

  2. Joyce September 25, 2013 at 11:41 am #


    Very interesting and calming-loved the cactus mixed in with the soft and flowing grasses.

    Thank you for hosting!

  3. Mo September 24, 2013 at 5:18 am #

    Beautiful, Just beautiful! 🙂

  4. Jennifer September 24, 2013 at 1:23 am #

    There are botantical gardens in Tucson, Arizona that incorporate art with the desert landscape. Really fun to visit! I’m sure I’d like these gardens as well.

  5. Majida September 23, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    Finally I found thelink and submitted a post about a spice and cofee garden in Bali – hope it worked! Enjoy and looking forward to other submissions

  6. Cathy Sweeney September 23, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    This is a super cool place and yet another place in my own backyard I haven’t visited. The installations are amazing! I especially love the one where you walk through the rough timbers in a pond.

  7. InsideJourneys September 23, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Love the contrast of textures and colors, Noel. Great post!

  8. Merete Brown September 23, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    Cornerstone looks like a really neat place, and it’s always fun visiting different gardens. Sonoma is beautiful too. Cool pictures! Thanks for sharing.

    • Noel September 23, 2013 at 9:43 am #

      Yes it is a fun place to explore and also photograph, thanks for commenting and participating Merete

  9. Harsha September 23, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    Loved all the Pictures,So Amazing Noel.. 🙂

  10. Ruth September 23, 2013 at 4:31 am #

    These gardens were very captivating and inviting. Thanks for sharing.


  11. Divya September 23, 2013 at 3:52 am #

    There are some amazing pics. Thanks for sharing them

  12. Amy | Club Narwhal September 23, 2013 at 3:06 am #

    Noel, this garden looks awesome! I love when manmade elements mix with the natural. Thanks for hosting 🙂

  13. Lorraine Pullen September 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    Great Pictures, I love a picture of anything remotely garden related. I want to try and get some sculpture for mine, but its so very expensive, I have bee looking recently in architectural salvage yards and have seen some great bits I am saving to buy

  14. muzachan September 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    I like this garden, especially the bridge…

  15. Neva Fels September 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    The pictures of Cornerstone are amazing. Thanks for sharing them.

  16. Rajesh September 22, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Exquisite arrangements.

  17. Mary {The World Is A Book} September 22, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    All your wine country posts have really made me long for a return visit soon. Love all these gardens you’ve introduced me too but especially this one. How unique and interesting and I’m sure my kids would enjoy walking through those rough timbers.


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