Sonoma Garden Style
Thomas J. Story

Room to Grow

While Skinner and Heisterberg sip chilled chardonnay behind their Tuscan-style home, Elizabeth Minigan gathers fragrant basil and ripe tomatoes in her family's kitchen garden to serve with fresh mozzarella cheese, while her kids leap into the pool for one last swim. Above all, Mike and Elizabeth Minigan wanted space for a growing brood when they moved west from Virginia. They found it on a three-acre property once owned by a nursery. "There were no lawns, no patios, no places for the kids to play," says Elizabeth, whose family goes back five generations in Sonoma County. "Just a big house in need of work, a small barn, and a garden shed." Now, the property is heaven for the Minigans' four children. See why...








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