Garden Dialogues

Garden Dialogues 2023: St. Helena, CA

St. Helena, CA

Faust Winery, St. Helena, CA | 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Surfacedesign’s work at Faust Winery focused on using gradients of color to shape an identity for each of the landscape's distinct spaces. Visitors enter at the base of the Vineyard Path, walking through a red-orange to yellow-orange palette of perennials towards the Speakeasy Garden, defined by a grove of mature shade trees and plantings of yellow-orange perennials. Nearby stairs lead to the Welcome Terrace, where a grassy amphitheater is accented by concentrations of yellow plantings.

Faust Winery, Helena, CA - Photo by Marion Brenner

The Victorian Garden features three large elm trees for shade and movable furniture allowing visitors access to the scenic overlook.  The adjacent Grassy Knoll is a hillside amphitheater with four mature olive trees (relocated from an on-site olive grove) and borrowed views throughout the site. 

Faust Winery, Helena, CA - Photo by Marion Brenner

The final garden space is the Tasting Garden, where exuberant planted beds in red and orange palettes border a large concrete and gravel plaza shaded by a grove of mature trees.


Mt. Veeder, St. Helena, CA | 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Mount Veeder is Surfacedesign partners James Lord and Roderick Wyllie’s home in Napa, with Dry Creek running along the edge of the property. Reclaimed granite pavers are seeded with local wildflowers to create a lush and seasonally vibrant garden that feels like it is emerging from the patio itself. Varieties of poppies, fox gloves, and hollyhocks spill out over the patio in a cultivated wildness that is colorful and ephemeral.

Mt. Veeder, Helena, CA - Photo by Marion Brenner

This Garden Dialogue will be led by James Lord and Roderick Wyllie from Surfacedesign. 


1.5 LA CES™ professional development hours will be available to attendees.

Click here to view the complete 2023 season of Garden Dialogues.



Refund Policy

Cancellations and Refunds will be granted according to the following schedule:

Up to two (2) weeks in advance: 50% (Deduction represents administrative processing fees)

No refunds will be made for cancellations thirteen (13) days prior to event

No refunds will be made for “No Shows” (a person who registers for a program but who does not cancel registration or attend the program).

Refunds will be processed as they are received or after the conclusion of the program, depending on the program date and when cancellation occurs. Refunds may take five (5) to seven (7) business days to process.