Cornerstone Sonoma

Garden Play, Cornerstone Sonoma

Photo Spot Summary

Country: United States

Category: Landscape

State: California

City: Sonoma

GPS Latitude: 38.227783

GPS Longitude: -122.457642


Cornerstone Sonoma is located on Highway 121, just about 30 miles north of San Francisco at 23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA. Admission is free.

Photo Spot Details

Cornerstone Sonoma is a collection of walkable gardens, shops, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms in Southern Sonoma County, California. Less than an hour north of San Francisco, it’s a beautiful place to spend an afternoon with a camera, grab some food, and enjoy a glass of wine. In the garden area, landscape architects and designers were each given free reign on small plots of land to create something unique. The result is an inspiring and thought-provoking maze of interactive exhibits—a sort of outdoor modern art gallery, if you will—and it’s a great place to photograph. It’s certainly more than your typical garden of trees and flowers! I love the variety and the ability to create so many unique images in a relaxed atmosphere.

Earth Walk, Cornerstone Sonoma
NIKON D300S + 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55mm, ISO 200, 1/2000, f/2.8

Travel and Gear Tips

  1. Park in the parking lot at Cornerstone and only bring the gear you want to walk with. It’s a quick walk back if you decide you want something else.
  2. Any camera gear is fine to bring. In fact, it’s a great place to say: “today I only want to use my new lens” or “maybe I’ll pull out that one lens I never seem to use anymore”. Be creative!
  3. I’ve used a tripod without problem, but since the gardens typically close at 4:00pm you probably won’t need one.
  4. There’s a note on the website that says professional photographers should pre-register with the office, so keep that under consideration depending on what you want to do with the photos.
  5. It’s probably best to check ahead before visiting anyway just to make sure you’re not running into a special event. Weddings are popular at Cornerstone.
Red Lantern, Cornerstone Sonoma
NIKON D300S + 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 38mm, ISO 200, 1/125, f/6.3
Up-close abstraction of Regan Gentry's steel tree, Cornerstone Sonoma
NIKON D600 + 85mm f/1.4 @ 85mm, ISO 100, 1/4000, f/1.4
Eucalyptus Soliloquy, Cornerstone Sonoma
NIKON D600 + 85mm f/1.4 @ 85mm, ISO 100, 1/100, f/2.8
Children's Garden, Cornerstone Sonoma
NIKON D300S + 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55mm, ISO 200, 1/250, f/13.0


About Jason Waltman

Jason Waltman is a technical artist, software developer, and avid photographer. He loves to travel the world in search of inspiring things to see and tasty things to eat. See more of his travel and food photography at


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