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Ornamental, Edible Gardens at Lynmar Estate Winery

Articles: Ornamental, Edible Gardens at Lynmar Estate Winery

Towering bronze fennel along with ‘Red Cathedral’ 
and ‘Giant Burgundy’ amaranth shelter a comfortable 
bench flanked by barrels of colorful annuals. Photo: Kate Frey

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Lynmar Estate Winery
3909 Frei Road, Sebastopol, California 95472
www.lynmarwinery.com
Daily tastings, $15 person

Knowledgeable staff offers complementary 
garden tours with tastings on Saturday; 
self-guided garden tours with tasting the 
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Most edible gardens tend to be utilitarian spaces. Squads of segregated vegetables march down measured beds with no thought of beauty. Their final destiny—be it steamer or the Cuisinart—the only concern. Wildlife such as bees, beneficial insects, and birds are forgotten in the quest toward the dinner table.

We admire the rich and mingled colors of flower arrangements, carpets, and paintings, and our ornamental landscapes often reflect these tastes. In the same way, exquisite compositions of color and design from the leaves or seedheads of many vegetables 
can be combined to create edible paintings with 
vibrant—even fluorescent—hues, and finely etched or swi...

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