The Ultimate Guide to Spring Planting in Sonoma

03 / 2023 | by: Sonoma Magazine

Gardening is a fulfilling hobby that offers a variety of benefits for people of all ages. For many, gardening provides an opportunity to connect with nature and appreciate the beauty of the outdoors. It can also be a form of exercise, as tending to plants and maintaining a garden requires physical activity. Additionally, gardening allows individuals to grow their own food and herbs, providing them with fresh and healthy produce right in their own backyard. It can also serve as a creative outlet, allowing individuals to experiment with different plants and design their own unique garden space. Whether it’s for relaxation, exercise, or the satisfaction of watching plants grow and flourish, gardening is a rewarding and enjoyable activity that can bring joy and fulfillment to people’s lives


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Why We Garden

Paul Martinez is Sonoma’s gardener philosopher, supplying best-quality plants at his Sonoma Valley Wholesale Nursery (open to the public, , and spreading enthusiasm for gardening to visitors from all over. “Gardening is experiential. We can’t wrap ourselves up in fear—we have to seize the day. Try things out. Observe our work and learn from our mistakes,” he says.


Martinez revels in the beauty and rewards of planting season, providing a message of calm reassurance. “It’s all instinct,” he explains.


“Intrinsically, working in the garden touches something inside of us and makes people feel at peace.” He encourages gardeners to focus on the wonder of being in the garden and witnessing moments that make us happy. “When we go out there and grow a flower, we feel on top of the world. The best gardeners are the homeowners who just love their yard.”


Eat in the garden

Get inspired to grow at one of these Sonoma restaurants.

Folktable, Sonoma: Eat inside or out, then wander through the adjacent gardens.



table full of delicious food and people eating main dish is a tray of bacon with dill pickles and some baby carrots radish and onion