Neighborhood Phenomena, Uncategorized

El Molino Wall

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The owner of El Molino Central, located at Central Avenue and Sonoma Highway, did a magnificent job designing and building her restaurant. Since it first opened, in 2010, she has continued to improve the site. This stone wall was a later addition.

In a similar way that wood fences, or even buildings, are often built around trees, buildaroundBuildaround1

the masons who crafted this wall incorporated the small tree right into the work.elmolinotree2web

The plant is heteromeles arbutifolia, or Toyon: https://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=4140 (please correct if wrong.) This is an interesting plant to have at a restaraunt, since its toxicity is listed as MAJOR.

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2 thoughts on “El Molino Wall

  1. A nice post about one of my favorite things (stone walls) at a favorite restaurant. The shrub at the bottom is not Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) though. It is a variety of Cotoneaster (C. franchetii I think), the berries of which are toxic.

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