Embodying distinct iconic California ecologies, the House of Flowers landscape bridges the distance between its Russian River Valley location and the Flowers vineyards along the bluffs of the Sonoma Coast, where the featured Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties and the story of Flowers Winery itself originate. Between these two points, native plant communities have evolved to respond to the dramatic fluctuation in elevation and micro-climates. The transitional journey inland is mirrored for the visitor in the tiered planting strategies at the House of Flowers. The visitor is immersed in Redwood Grove, Oak Woodland, and Chaparral environments, with the low-lying vineyard landscape and riparian corridor visible beyond. The cultivated flower garden at the heart of the House of Flowers celebrates the relationship between people and land and embodies the productive agrarian nature of Sonoma vineyards and their dependence on the surrounding ecologies. Flowers Winery reflects this harmony in their sustainable agricultural production methods and is carried through the landscape design through a strategic plant palette that supports pollinator species and the utilization of low-impact maintenance strategies. Throughout, the highly contextual design manifests and amplifies the deeply rooted sense of place and story essential to Flowers’ practice of authentic winemaking.
Collaborators: House of Flowers, Walker Warner Architects, Maca Huneeus Design, Alexis Woods Landscape Design, Anna Kondolf Lighting Design, Cello & Madru Construction Company