Garden Designs by Bonnie Walner

Have a garden where you can blossom.

Like the frame around a work of art, your garden completes and enhances your home. But it can be even more. With special places for working and entertaining. Sports and games. Butterflies and birds. Or just relaxing and chilling out.

Let's Make Your Garden Beautiful
The eye of an experienced designer

When longtime interior designer Bonnie Walner moved to Sonoma, she fell in love with the lifestyle and decided to move her work outdoors. Using her expertise in color, texture, and space planning, Bonnie will work with you to design a garden that extends and enhances your home.

The knowledge of a Master Gardener

Trained and certified in the rigorous Master Gardener program, Bonnie integrates her design experience with a thorough knowledge of California natives, lawn replacement and sustainable gardening.

Gardens designed with Sonoma in mind

Bonnie specializes in low-maintenance landscapes with a special emphasis on succulents and native plants. The results are water-wise, and drought- and fire-resistant.

Why Choose Sonoma Gardens Design


Understanding how you live and would like to live – your needs, budget, taste and sense of style.


Translating your needs into creative ideas – color schemes, seasonal plantings and spaces with purpose


Explaining the details – plans, plant varieties, art, furniture, costs, timelines, etc.


Working with highly skilled crews to realize the outdoor space you’ve always wanted.


From a feature story in The Sonoma News:

“Creating an outdoor living space is a way of extending your house without all the costs of building an addition. It can be as simple as moving outdoor furniture from one area to another, bringing indoor furniture outside or creating a space with art… People are investing money to reclaim their outdoor space and seeing how enjoyable it is to be out of their house.”

Bonnie Walner, principle of Sonoma Gardens Design

What My Clients Say

"I have seen Bonnie’s work in several locations. Her plant selection is incredible. She listened to me and helped me understand a vision that I wanted to create."
Shelly London
"The crew that Bonnie brought could not have been more professional in every way. They were conscientious, personable and neat. When we settled on a plan, Bonnie was able to accurately forecast the total cost and did adhere to the time line. Overall, we had an optimal experience with Bonnie and her crew. On top of Bonnie’s professionalism, she has a great personality to boot!"
Bruce & Janet Yelner
"If you are looking for an awesome, knowledgeable person to work with, I would highly recommend Bonnie Walner and Sonoma Gardens Design. Her friendliness and result-driven approach are what I love about her."
Gail Moser & Marvin Haskett
"Bonnie helped us with our front boxes on our outside landing of your home in Sonoma and chose a variety of succulents that would work year round. She also helped to change the area behind our pool by having her crew take out the tree stumps that were left along with choosing wonderful trees to line the fence. She has great ideas for gardens large and small. She also was fun to work with!!"
Ari & Errin Benzinger-Weiswasser
"I recently purchased a home in Sonoma with major issues in the backyard. Very overgrown, no style and this wasn’t anything I had the knowledge to change. Enter, Bonnie Walner. She is a Master Gardner with so much knowledge of what plants will do well where, drought resistant types and a great variety of plant choices. We sat down and Bonnie really listened to just what I thought I wanted, made suggestions about what might work better and we drafted a plan. My yard looks terrific and each year it grows to be more beautiful. Her work crews were terrific, cleaned up each afternoon and generally made this experience very easy. I would recommend Bonnie to do any of your gardening needs."
Susan Cronkite

For a complimentary consultation, please call or email. I’m looking forward to talking to you about your outdoor space and all that it can be.