Maple Glade in Monte Rio, CA

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The variety of landscapes in Sonoma County is staggering.  It is easy to travel from Tuscany to Seattle on the roads that crisscross the county.

A recent visit to Monte Rio, reminded us of a scene from the Pacific Northwest.  Towering Douglas Firs shade western sword ferns and native huckleberry.  One resident thinned the canopy of Douglas Fir to provide light for a grove of young Japanese Maples.  Bright Coral Bark Maples, deep red Emperor Maples, and soft Lace Leaf Maples simultaneously contrast and enhance the native foliage.

In a few years, it could look like Japan.  Or, with a group pruning effort from Studio Wildwood and the homeowners, it could look like Sonoma.