Garden Tours

May 10, 2016

With the arrival of spring in Sonoma County, plum trees bloom like confetti in a colorful array on nearly every street corner. Nurseries are packed with locals snatching up their favorite tomato varieties and ornamentals because spring is synonymous with warm weather and outdoor gardening.Santa Rosa, offers exquisite open-to-the-public gardens that make for wonderful outings.

The “Santa Rosa” plum: is a juicy, tart, flavorful hybrid created by Santa Rosa legend, Luther Burbank. The Luther Burbank Home & Gardens are located in downtown Santa Rosa, across from Julliard Park. The gardens are open to the public 7 days a week, and guided tours are offered after April 1. Visit the gift shop for souvenirs and support a beloved, historic Santa Rosa establishment. 

Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate has a stunning, sensory garden on the north edge of Santa Rosa. The gardens are impeccably designed to inspire the winemakers and accompany the wine tasting experience. Meander through the various culinary and seasonal gardens for their edible flowers, fragrant herbs and vegetables or pair your visit to the tasting room with the Red & White wine sensory gardens. Garden tours and tastings are offered throughout the day. This is a lovely stop if you are headed along River Road in the direction of the ocean or Dry Creek Valley for more wine tasting.

Nestled deep along Bennett Valley Road, Matanzas Creek Winery is a popular destination spot for visitors. Inside the estate ground is a lush lavender garden riddled with native grasses, perennials and olive trees while the bocci ball court draws in groups for picnic gatherings. Handmade, homegrown lavender-based products are available for purchase inside the gift store.

Quarryhill Botanical Garden is one of the largest collections of wild-collected Asian plants in the world. They offer docent tours (with two-week advanced notice) and is open Monday - Sunday for visitors to explore the Asian woodland garden. You can even download a Quaryhill App that lets you explore with detailed descriptions of many of the plants!