All posts by Daniel Townsend

As Landscape Designer, Daniel uses his creativity and knowledge to maintain and develop Far Niente's beautiful grounds.

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Darn, where did those spring flowers go? What an amazing show we had this year in the Far Niente gardens—the best yet in my 11-year tenure as garden curator. Plant maturity has become quite apparent in many specimens throughout the property, and the spring display...

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Spring is in full swing here at Far Niente and, folks, it is absolutely glorious! Thousands of azaleas are soaking up their moments in the sunshine—bright, rich pastels painting the understory canvas in our woodland gardens. There to back them up with an abundance of color...

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Categores: Far Niente Gardens, Visit Far Niente

With the winter garden at rest, the naked architecture of the woodlands sets the scene as time appears to stand still. The mighty Black Oak towers in the sky next to the Carriage House. The majestic Valley Oaks feel right at home dotting the woodland...

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As I walked through the new raised beds at the Far Niente culinary gardens, the smell of autumn hits me. The leaves are blowing in the air and all around the hint of fermentation: the fall harvest is on. And not just for the grapes...

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  Landscape Designer Daniel Townsend shares the reward and satisfaction of composting at Far Niente. We are deep into our frigid winter with mid- to low-20s, cold for the Napa Valley. I see a plume of steam on our compost pile. I investigate and find...

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Categores: Far Niente Gardens, Visit Far Niente

At this time of year, as the many plants and trees prepare for winter, the Far Niente gardens are a paradise of color and texture. Landscape Designer Daniel Townsend revels in the sights.

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