Cornerstone Gardens

By Kate Riley May 2, 2016

Today was really lovely, I spent the afternoon in Sonoma at an event hosted by Sunset magazine at one of my favorite wine country destinations: Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma. The marketplace showcases art in a garden setting with ever-changing scuptural displays. It’s also a nice destination to visit in on a beautiful day, you can walk among the gardens and sit amid lavender and olive trees sipping wine.

 french lavender wine country


 meadowcroft tasting room


Sunset Magazine chose the beautiful Cornerstone Sonoma property as the place to set up their outdoor test kitchen and today they hosted a small group of people.

I’m always inspired by artists so I love to pop in to Cornerstone a few times a year to see what’s new and the Sunset magazine event gave me another excuse to visit. What makes this property so special is it’s covered with mature olive trees and gardens with large scale art and sculpture scattered throughout and it’s surrounded by vast acres of vineyard.

 cornerstone gardens olive trees

 water lilies wine country

Two favorite art installations on view today were a tree made entirely of wire and a cactus garden with sculpted metal clouds and hanging crystal raindrops, it’s nature reinterpreted as art I love that.

 wire tree

 cactus wire garden


 agave and grasses

Sunset Magazine has a test kitchen herb and flower garden at Cornerstone, complete with beautiful planting beds and a charming greenhouse.

 sunset cornerstone gardens

 sunset greenhouse

 wild flower arrangement


The property is a lovely one where you can meander into different areas to appreciate the artwork and manicured blooms.

 garden entry


 purple flowering vine

There are several shops where you can find very unique goods with a wine country vibe and also some small tasting rooms where you can sample wines from the region amid the olive trees, grapevines, and lavender.

Cornerstone Gardens is a nice place to relax for an hour or two to enjoy shopping, art, and wine in the sunshine. Add it to your list of places to visit next time you’re in the Sonoma Wine Country!

chateau sonoma

 wine country bistro seating


 wine tasting



 wine country seating


 wine tasting planters


 conserve water drink wine


For those in Northern California, note the official Sunset Celebration Weekend is May 14 and 15th at Cornerstone Sonoma!

sunset celebration




  1. Interesting post, I’ll be out that way in June and look forward to checking it out.

  2. One of my favorite places to spend an afternoon.
    I love wandering through Artifact Design and Salvage, such an amazing store, always so much to look at and wonderful displays.

  3. EVERYTHING seems to grow beautifully in California…*sigh* franki

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