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.

Location

12841 Sonoma Highway
Glen Ellen CA, 95442

Contact

Local: 707-996-3166

Email: [email protected]

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  • 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.

    • Asian plantings in Sonoma, CA, USA

      We thought we would visit the wildflower gardens nearby, but learned we needed an appointment. Instead, we (tourists) visited the enjoyed a lovely stroll through the Quarryhill Botanical Gardens on a...

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    • Nice gardens

      We visited on a beautiful Spring day, lots of blooms on some unusual Asian plant species. Relatively easy walking paths,and some dedicated wheelchair paths. We spent a little over an hour and saw...

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    • A walk in the park!

      Maybe this wasn't the best time of year to visit. I had hoped to see some fall color but there wasn't that much on offer, although the vineyards below were pretty. There are some magnificent trees...

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