Magazine article Sunset

The New Winery Garden

Magazine article Sunset

The New Winery Garden

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WANDERING THE GROUNDS of a typical Northern California winery, visitors are often greeted with a classic Tuscan landscape. But when Daniel Nolan was hired to redesign the gardens at Calistoga winery Cios Pegase (clospegase.com), he had something else in mind. "As soon as they mentioned removing their lawn," he says, "I knew what I wanted to do."

His vision? A collection of low-water plants rarely seen in Napa Valley, but from regions around the world with similar Mediterranean climates. Think weird and wonderful cactus, palm trees, and succulents-structural plants that complement the winery's modem architecture. "We wanted to highlight what else you can grow in Napa," says Nolan, a designer at San Francisco's Flora Grubb Gardens (floragrubb.com). "There's no reason you can't have a garden that's sustainable and has artistic merit."

Though unexpected, some of the plants he chose actually make perfect sense for the vineyard setting. …

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