12841 Sonoma Highway
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
Description

The Sonoma Botanical Garden is a woodland experience where East meets West. Celebrating the beauty and importance of Asian and California native plants, the former quarry is home to a 25-acre Asian woodland garden, 22 acres of California native oak savanna, and a small Cabernet vineyard. Whether hiking up to expansive winter vistas, enjoying a leisurely walk through spring blooms, finding the perfect picnic spot in a shady summer oasis, or marveling at the riot of fall colors and textures, the Garden always offers delights for the senses. A different experience – every season, every time, for everyone.

Founded in 1987, the Sonoma Botanical Garden is deeply rooted in a love for biodiversity and commitment to nature conservation with meandering gravel trails throughout the Asian garden that welcome guests to immerse themselves among the trees. 

Ribbit Exhibit April 5 to August 31:

Leap into spring with Ribbit Exhibit, a whimsical, family-friendly presentation of 23 larger-than-life frog characters placed in vignettes throughout the Garden. Each with their own name and story, the charming garden sculptures are ribbet-ing.

The playful sculptures by artist Andy Cobb include Zenny meditating on a leaf on the Garden’s Pond, Bentley and his tortoise friend Tortuga ambling along the California Oaks Trail, dapper Floyd and his elegant partner Grace cutting the rug amongst the flowers, and many others.

All of the sculptures by the North Carolina-based Cobb are handcrafted from copper, and colored with natural patina. Visitors will find them perched in trees, playing jazz, enjoying a cup of coffee on a garden bench, and more.

A robust roster of activities such as guided tours, live music, family scavenger hunts, and family fun days are planned while the exhibit is on view. “Ribbit Exhibit provides the Garden with the opportunity to engage visitors of all ages in a variety of experiences that highlight the diversity and beauty of the natural world,” says Perales. “We encourage guests to hop on to our calendar often for special activities throughout the spring and summer!”

Every Wednesday, May 1- October 2024 5 pm – 8 pm:

Free for members and included with admission
The Garden extends its hours every Wednesday this summer with special activities for all ages including live music in the amphitheater, lawn games, and other family-friendly activities. Bring a picnic and Fido, too as the Garden is welcoming well-behaved, leashed dogs during these special evening hours. 

Amenities

Sonoma Botanical Garden

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