Since my green thumb is a permanent attachment, it was a must to what else besides grapes are planted in Wine Country. I inquired with Melanie at Booker & Butler for her concierge services about my flora and fauna options. Was there any sort of Napa-Sonoma Gardens Tour? Now I find my senses dizzy with joy as I am into my 2nd hour of a tour at the Quarryhill Botanical gardens, housing the largest collection of wild-collected Asian plants in the world. 25 heavenly acres of mature, flowering Asian trees & shrubs. I have never in my life seen such a collection of magnolias, dogwoods, maples, birches, roses, lilies, rhododendrons all in one place. Thank goodness we take a break to take in all in and enjoy a picnic surrounded by ponds, waterfalls, and vistas of the Sonoma Valley.
Back in Napa, while my husband was fully enthralled in the carriage house showcasing the vintage car collection at Far Niente, I couldn’t get enough of their lush amazing gardens. The red and pink azaleas were bursting with such color, it was almost blinding. I knew I would love this winery, before even tasting the wine, on the long winding road up to the tasting room lined with ginko trees, and the acacia and olive trees are just a few more of the varieties I explored that day. There’s a full time staff of gardeners who work there who don’t even touch the vineyards. The owners’ background in the nursery business is evident, I wish there was just a tour about all of the plants.