In the Sunset Outdoor Kitchen we test, explore, and photograph recipes and kitchen crafts, always in search of the best new ideas an insider tips to share with our visitors. Our new kitchen was graciously sponsored by GE Monogram Appliances, Belgard Stone, InSinkErator Disposals, and Sunbrella Fabrics

The Sunset Test Gardens span a quarter acre, where we grow an interesting variety of plants and trees while experimenting with design techniques to keep our visitors fed with fresh ideas. Designed by Homestead Design Collective, the new gardens are divided into distinct rooms: the Cocktail Garden, the Farm Garden, Gathering Space, Backyard Orchard, and the Flower Room. The Sunset Test Gardens are separate from the Cornerstone Gardens, although they are located next to one another.  Admission to both the Sunset and Cornerstone Gardens is complimentary and all gardens are open to the public! 

Explore the new Sunset Test Gardens! Download the Cornerstone Sonoma app on your iPhone or Android, and start your self-guided tour today. 

 

Flower Room There are few joys in life greater than harvesting a bouquet of homegrown flowers. With that sentiment in mind, we’re growing all of our favorites for wild garden bouquets in one spot. Meander among the steel beds and you’ll notice that they’ve been planted to represent the way a bouquet comes together, with individual beds dedicated to greenery, focal flowers, and secondary flowers. Along the periphery, the in-ground plantings mix all three components together.  Design: Homestead Design Collective Special Thanks To: Annie’s Annuals & Perennials, Burpee, David Austin Roses, King Mums, Sonoma Materials, Steel Geisha Designs, Sunset Western Garden Collection

Flower Room
There are few joys in life greater than harvesting a bouquet of homegrown flowers. With that sentiment in mind, we’re growing all of our favorites for wild garden bouquets in one spot. Meander among the steel beds and you’ll notice that they’ve been planted to represent the way a bouquet comes together, with individual beds dedicated to greenery, focal flowers, and secondary flowers. Along the periphery, the in-ground plantings mix all three components together. 
Design: Homestead Design Collective
Special Thanks To: Annie’s Annuals & Perennials, Burpee, David Austin Roses, King Mums, Sonoma Materials, Steel Geisha Designs, Sunset Western Garden Collection

Gathering Space Welcome to the ultimate outdoor living room. This party spot has it all—shade from the sun, ample room for entertaining, and a lush planting that offers year-round appeal with minimal maintenance. The Sunset Western Garden Collection, curated for low-water, high-impact plants, mingles with architectural succulents and a handful of other unique specimens. Look closely at our combinations to glean design ideas for maximizing color, texture, and beauty. Design: Homestead Design Collective Special Thanks To: Artefact Design & Salvage, Sonoma Materials, Succulent Gardens, Sunset Western Garden Collection 

Gathering Space
Welcome to the ultimate outdoor living room. This party spot has it all—shade from the sun, ample room for entertaining, and a lush planting that offers year-round appeal with minimal maintenance. The Sunset Western Garden Collection, curated for low-water, high-impact plants, mingles with architectural succulents and a handful of other unique specimens. Look closely at our combinations to glean design ideas for maximizing color, texture, and beauty.
Design: Homestead Design Collective
Special Thanks To: Artefact Design & Salvage, Sonoma Materials, Succulent Gardens, Sunset Western Garden Collection 

Farm The farm inspires us to reconnect with the land through our appetite for peak-season fruits and vegetables. We seek out the most beautiful, storied varieties, from rare or almost-lost ones to new hybrids and old favorites. We practice successive planting for a steady harvest. We take an organic approach (as we do in all of our gardens), using compost, fish emulsion, and chemical-free fertilizers to build healthy soil and thus healthy plants.  Design: Homestead Design Collective Special Thanks To: Morningsun Herb Farm, NW Green Panels, Sonoma Materials, Terra Trellis  

Farm
The farm inspires us to reconnect with the land through our appetite for peak-season fruits and vegetables. We seek out the most beautiful, storied varieties, from rare or almost-lost ones to new hybrids and old favorites. We practice successive planting for a steady harvest. We take an organic approach (as we do in all of our gardens), using compost, fish emulsion, and chemical-free fertilizers to build healthy soil and thus healthy plants. 
Design: Homestead Design Collective
Special Thanks To: Morningsun Herb Farm, NW Green Panels, Sonoma Materials, Terra Trellis
 

Backyard Orchard Our backyard orchard features fruit trees chosen specifically for the Sonoma climate. The trees bloom and ripen successively—beginning with apricots and ending with apples—providing a long season of summer beauty and harvest. In summer, trees are severely pruned to control tree size and keep harvest within arm’s reach. The understory grows lush with pollinator-attracting flowers and habitat plants, which is especially important with our planet’s changing climate.  Design: Homestead Design Collective Special Thanks To: Dave Wilson Nursery, Sonoma Materials, Terra Trellis


Backyard Orchard
Our backyard orchard features fruit trees chosen specifically for the Sonoma climate. The trees bloom and ripen successively—beginning with apricots and ending with apples—providing a long season of summer beauty and harvest. In summer, trees are severely pruned to control tree size and keep harvest within arm’s reach. The understory grows lush with pollinator-attracting flowers and habitat plants, which is especially important with our planet’s changing climate. 
Design: Homestead Design Collective
Special Thanks To: Dave Wilson Nursery, Sonoma Materials, Terra Trellis

Cocktail Garden Whether it’s a basil mojito, a Bloody Mary with fresh cherry tomatoes, or a Meyer lemon and sage drop, it’s official: Cocktails have crossed into the culinary world. Our container garden highlights all of the botanicals that go into making great cocktails, from specialty citrus—the base for many of our favorite liqueurs—to all the goodies you need to mix, muddle, and embellish your beverage of choice.  Design: Homestead Design Collective Special Thanks To: Four Winds Growers, Sonoma Materials

Cocktail Garden
Whether it’s a basil mojito, a Bloody Mary with fresh cherry tomatoes, or a Meyer lemon and sage drop, it’s official: Cocktails have crossed into the culinary world. Our container garden highlights all of the botanicals that go into making great cocktails, from specialty citrus—the base for many of our favorite liqueurs—to all the goodies you need to mix, muddle, and embellish your beverage of choice. 
Design: Homestead Design Collective
Special Thanks To: Four Winds Growers, Sonoma Materials

 

Scenes from Celebration Weekend 2016
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Celebrity chefs, wine seminars, gorgeous gardens, and so much more. See what you missed at our event at Cornerstone -- and why you should mark your calendars for May 2017 now!