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A California Vineyard Garden at the Chelsea Garden Show

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Rows of California poppies, crimson clover, ox-eye daisy, and oil-seed rape march up a bank in the Bonterra Organic Wine Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. Author’s photographs
. . . The Bonterra Organic Wine Garden with its twisted dark-trunked vines among wild plantings of rape, Californian poppies, crimson clover and buttercups was so reminiscent of the real thing in California (which it sought to recreate) that this garden had a free spirit and real life.
Dan Pearson, The Sunday Times, May 25, 2003

In May of 2002, Simon Legge, the canny marketing director of Fetzer and Bonterra wines in Europe, approached me about designing a garden at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show in London to promote Bonterra wines. He had in mind a garden that would reflect the springtime character of the organic Bonterra vineyards in Mendocino County, California, to illustrate the basic principles of organic agriculture: healthy soil means healthy plants, cover crops and compost improve the soil, and flowering cover crops attract beneficial insects. Chelsea, as he showed me in the show statistics, had great ...

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