Quarryhill Botanical Garden

Tucked behind a mature vineyard of cabernet sauvignon grapes, just off Highway 12 in Glen Ellen, lies one of the most exotic and biologically diverse places in Sonoma Valley—a hidden gem that most Sonomans are unaware exists.

  • Bridge waterfall Photo
  • Lake View Photo 2
  • Quarryhill Magnolia Photo 3
  • Scabiosa japonica Photo 4
  • Rosa rugosa Photo 5
  • Quarryhill kids with Docent Photo 6
  • Quarryhill Rhododendron reticulatum Photo 7
  • Quarryhill Tricyrtis hirta Photo 8
  • Quarryhill Belamcanda chinensis Photo 9
  • Spring bridge view Photo 10
  • Quarryhill Fall View Photo 11
  • Quarryhill top of garden view Photo 12
  • Bridge waterfall Photo
  • Lake View Photo 2
  • Quarryhill Magnolia Photo 3
  • Scabiosa japonica Photo 4
  • Rosa rugosa Photo 5
  • Quarryhill kids with Docent Photo 6
  • Quarryhill Rhododendron reticulatum Photo 7
  • Quarryhill Tricyrtis hirta Photo 8
  • Quarryhill Belamcanda chinensis Photo 9
  • Spring bridge view Photo 10
  • Quarryhill Fall View Photo 11
  • Quarryhill top of garden view Photo 12
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  • Reviews
  • Tucked behind a mature vineyard of cabernet sauvignon grapes, just off Highway 12 in Glen Ellen, lies one of the most exotic and biologically diverse places in Sonoma Valley—a hidden gem that most Sonomans are unaware exists.

    This is not your typical botanical garden. There are no expanses of lawn or neat hedges enclosing specimen plants, no sculpted shrubs. Quarryhill is a wild Asian woodland garden, the closest that most people will come to visiting the wilds of Asia and home to one of the largest collections of scientifically documented, wild-sourced Asian plants in the Western World. Ancestors of garden favorites like roses, camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias, dogwoods, maples, birches and lilies, create a living museum of temperate Asian plants, all the more remarkable given that the majority of plants were started from wild-collected seed and none were planted in the ground before 1990.

    It is also a serene, beautiful recreation destination, open to the public to simply enjoy. Gravel paths wind through glades of flowering shrubs, under shading branches of exotic trees, past tranquil ponds, and over and down rolling knolls with hidden places to sit and relax, while surrounded by ponds, waterfalls, and vistas of the Sonoma Valley. It's a place of varying beauty throughout the seasons, a locals’ getaway or easy day trip for walks, hikes, birding, photography, or the perfect picnic spot away from the crowds.

    • Wonderful garden of Asian plants

      Lots of paths to cover with different plants around each corner. Well labeled plants which is helpful. History of roses in the parking area was interesting too.

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    • Close Down Until Spring &........!

      We went today, February 25th. Staff was most courteous, but almost nothing was in bloom, and the WORST signage ever!!! We got lost 3 times.....The numbered suggested stops were not visible on the...

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    • QuarryHill Botanical Gardens

      Very nice and unique gardens. Has a collection of mature plans from the Far East. Beautiful and very peaceful place. All of the plants are labeled so you can see what the mature plant looks like...

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