The House of Flowers landscape bridges the Russian River Valley location and the Flowers vineyards along the rugged bluffs of the Sonoma Coast, where the story of Flowers Winery itself originates. The landscape embodies the distinct iconic California ecologies of this transect, native plant communities that have evolved to respond to specific micro-climates prescribed by elevation, soils, humidity, and other environmental factors between these two geographic points.
This transitional journey inland is re-imagined in the tiered planting strategies at the House of Flowers – Redwood Grove, Oak Woodland, and Chaparral environments, with the low-lying vineyard landscape and riparian corridor framing the vibrant cultivated flower garden at the heart of the House of Flowers. This 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.
The design of the House of Flowers amplifies distinct California landscape ecologies creating a deeply rooted sense of place and a narrative consistent with the craft of authentic winemaking. The landscape reflects the harmony of Flowers’ sustainable agricultural production methods – it is carried through the landscape design through a strategic plant palette that supports pollinator species and the utilization of low-impact maintenance strategies.
Name of the project: House of Flowers
Project category: Hospitality
Role of the entrant in the project: Landscape Architect
Other designers involved in the design of landscape: Architect – Walker Warner Architects; Interior Designer – Maca Hunees Design; Lighting Designer – Anna Kondolf Lighting Design; Landscape Contractor – Bertotti Landscaping; Contractor – Cello & Madru Construction Company
Project location: 4035 Westside Road, Healdsburg, California 95448, United States
Design year: 2016 – 2019
Year Built: 2019