the Folly at Western Hills
The Folly is an apt name for the fanciful
gazebo-like structure at the entrance.
Our effort so far has been
to trim the overgrown vegetation, although
it does need a coat of wood preservative.
Photo is courtesy of Sue Duncan.

the restored pond at Western Hills
The pond lives!
We eliminated the parrot feather,
then the duckweed,
and then the dreaded azolla.
Now the water lilies (and pickerel) are happier,
as well as the pair of turtles, fish, frogs, ducks,
and an occasional heron.

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Western Hills Garden
Occidental CA

Schedule an individual or group tour of the garden ($10/person admission):
Contact Stacie at (707) 872-5463 or

Western Hills Garden, formerly the Western Hills Rare Plant Nursery, achieved its four-year anniversary in July 2014 under the new owners, Christine and Tim Szybalski. We have completed a significant milestone in the restoration of the garden and are pleased that we are open for tours and events on a limited basis.

button with flower at Western Hills

To see photos of
what’s blooming now,
click on the picture of the
Helleborus orientalis at left.

Plants are also available for sale—click here to see current favorites.

button with new tree at Western Hills

To see photos of
new additions to the garden,
click on the picture of the
Wollemi pine at left.

Volunteers have been an important part of the Western Hills restoration, and volunteers helped make the opening a success—see pictures of opening day and learn about “opportunities” for volunteers. If you would like to help, contact volunteer coordinator Stacie Miller:

Read and hear San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, and more news features on Western Hills—including “Western Hills—an oasis of beauty” published by the Press Democrat on August 22, 2014.

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Western Hills Garden, 16250 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental CA 95465
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