Secrets of Sonoma Garden Style
Alfresco living is easy in California's wine country.
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What defines Sonoma garden style? "It's all about rustic elegance," says Bruce Needleman, who co-owns Salsa Trading Company, an upscale home and garden store in Sonoma, with his wife, Edna Hayes-Needleman. "This is a place of oaks, grasses, vineyards, and old wood fences. We let things grow naturally. Wild." The store's merchandise reflects this aesthetic, he adds -- big rounded pots, displayed either empty or holding dried grasses, and comfortable but durable furnishings. Here are some more Sonoma-style stores we love:
Aged and contemporary garden art, furnishings, and pots (both round and square) of ceramic, terra-cotta, and cement. Also, portable firepits, fountains, birdbaths, and more are displayed in a field that's scattered with sunflowers in summer. 516 Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg, CA; thegardener.com.
Artefact Design & Salvage
Owner Dave Allen sells garden furnishings, pots, and architectural elements that are rugged and timeless. 23562 State 121, Sonoma, CA; artefactdesignsalvage.com or 707/933-0660.
Salsa Trading Company
Look for handmade olive jars, Tarahumara pots from Mexico, iron equipale chairs, and weathered hacienda doors to use as gates, as well as Southwest-style indoor furnishings. 20490 Broadway, Sonoma, CA; salsatrading.com or 707/939-1710.
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