February 21, 2024
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Stroll through Sonoma Botanical Garden

photo by Adrian Shubin

Just off Highway 12, in Glen Ellen, lies a woodland experience where East meets West. Rooted in a commitment to nature conservation, Sonoma Botanical Garden highlights two global biodiversity hotspots: temperate East Asia and California. At first glance, the Garden is meandering pathways, seasonal features, and hidden picnic spots, but a closer look reveals there is so much more! The 25-acre Asian garden features wild collected trees & shrubs, and includes magnolias, dogwoods, maples, birch, roses, lilies, rhododendrons and more, each with a unique identifier (accession number), species name, and source information. This information and the specimens themselves are used by the broader botanic garden community to advance conservation and horticultural efforts.

Once a quarry, the varied topography of the Garden offers the perfect foundation for a self-guided leisurely walk, a hike to see expansive views of the Valley, or the perfect wine country picnic spot. Whether winter vistas, spring blooms, shady summer oases, or fall colors and textures, the Garden offers delights for the senses. A different experience – every season, every time, for everyone.

Explore on your own or reserve a guided tour in advance (available seasonally). Groups of 8 or more are also asked to make reservations in advance. There are steep hills and uneven, loose trails which may not be suitable for all guests. Photography is welcomed. The Garden is a living museum; removing seeds or cuttings from the garden is prohibited. Picnic areas are located near the parking lot and in the Garden. To ensure the beauty of the garden for all, pets (except service animals), bicycles, and smoking are prohibited. Open 9am-4pm daily, closed Tuesdays. No admission fee to shop at the gift shop!

Sonoma Botanical Garden
12841 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen
707.996.3166 • www.sonomabg.org

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