It’s hard for me to describe Cornerstone Festival of Gardens, because it’s so unique and fun. We went about three times last year, and took our grandchildren on two of our visits. Cornerstone is part gardens, part art, part whimsy, part fun. It’s definitely worth a trip on its own and very handy for a stop if you’re visiting the Napa or Sonoma wine country.
The gardens are creations by internationally renowned landscape architects and designers given free rein to make their own statements. The results are fascinating and thought-provoking; very unlike the more typical gardens one finds offered to the public in the U.S. Check out Cornerstone's web site for more info on the current presentations. Although our grandchildren loved going through the entire gardens, a new installation will open in mid-July designed especially for kids, with maze trails to run through and water dripping for cooling off on hot summer days. There is also a separate area for weddings set in a garden of lovely flowers and looking out over adjoining vineyards as well as indoor space that can be used for meetings, receptions, etc.
Cornerstone also boasts a delightful Market Café open for breakfast and lunch with tasty pastries, sandwiches, other light dishes, wine and drinks in a large space with a wall of flowers that is itself an artistic creation. At the Cornerstone site are also several shops we enjoyed browsing: a well-stocked Sloat nursery, the eclectic Artefact Design and Salvage with an array of items from handsome tableware and other items for the home to antique clock faces and statuary that could grace your own outdoor garden, and Pacific Blue, featuring furniture from Asia. An art gallery was just added to the mix.
There’s something for everyone at this well-designed site. Reading about it isn’t sufficient -- you need to experience it yourself to appreciate what a one-of-a-kind place it is.
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