Cornerstone Gardens are an ever-changing series of gardens, showcasing innovative designs from international and local landscape architects and designers. The gardens were inspired by the International Garden Festival at Chaumont-Sur-Loire to create a cultural and creative haven, celebrating the connection between art, architecture and nature. There are currently nine Cornerstone Gardens. Additionally, the five Sunset Gardens highlight food production, the Sunset plant line, bee habitat, cut flowers and composting.
Continually in a state of evolution, some garden installations will be in place for a season, while others will remain for several seasons. Completely enamored by the gardens and the innovative designs they experienced in France, Cornerstone Sonoma founders Chris Hougie and Teresa Raffo started to search for a property to build a similar garden showcase in wine country. Nestled at the gateway to the wine country, Cornerstone Sonoma is now the gallery of gardens that was envisioned 12 years ago. Cornerstone is growing once more with new owners and many new gardens.
Click on the images below to learn more about each installation. Download the Cornerstone Sonoma app on your iPhone or Android and explore the gardens with a self-guided tour. Contact us to schedule a docent-led private tour of the gardens.
Want to know what's currently planted in the Sunset Test Gardens? Click HERE to download the most recent version of our plant list. We do change the gardens frequently, but this will give you a great idea of all the plants you may see on your visit!
The Cornerstone Gardens are separate from the Sunset Test Gardens, although they are located next to one another. Admission to both the Cornerstone and Sunset Gardens is complimentary and all gardens are open to the public! We also offer docent-led private tours. If you're interested in booking a tour, please scroll up and consult the information at the top of this page.
Come visit and watch us grow!