Western Hills Garden
Tour Information bridge at Western Hills Garden

Open by appointment
on Tuesdays and Thursdays:

(707) 872-5463 or

Admission is $12/person.

Guests are welcome to bring lunch to the garden.

16250 Coleman Valley Road
Occidental CA 95465
(1.3 miles from the corner of
Bohemian Highway and Coleman Valley Road)

See our Visitors Guide: you may download our tri-fold brochure as a 2-page, 1.8MB pdf file; it includes a self-guided tour map.

Western Hills Garden, described by the San Francisco Chronicle as a “landmark garden,” is open for tours after extensive renovation of the garden and related structures. The Western Hills Rare Plant Nursery was founded by Lester Hawkins and Marshall Olbrich in 1960 and was a destination for serious gardeners until it was closed in 2010. the “earthworms” visit to Western HillsUnder new ownership, the garden has reopened for tours and plant sales. While still a “work in progress,” you can enjoy the garden that was described by the New York Times in 2005 as the “Tiffany’s of plants.” Western Hills has been designated a Preservation Assistance Garden by the Garden Conservancy.

The three-acre site boasts a beautiful collection of azaleas, camellias, hellebores, and rhododendrons which flower from January through May. Summer brings flowering beschorneria, dogwoods, echiums, iris, kniphofias, mullein, phlomis, puyas, wachendorfia, and more. Fall/Winter has its own special beauty. The paths and grounds have been tamed again, and the stately zelkova, a spectacular coral tree, and acer pentaphyllums reach to the sky. The hummingbirds and other wildlife are back, including ducks, turtles, fish, and an occasional heron in the big pond.

Places to stay:
Inn at Occidental is a luxurious bed and breakfast
Occidental Hotel is friendly and affordable

Places to eat:
“Best breakfast in Sonoma” at Howard Station Cafe
Outdoor lunch at the Union Hotel
Family style dining at Negri’s Restaurant

Things to do:
See the Russian River Chamber of Commerce,
and be sure to check the website of Sonoma County.

Where to shop:
Thanks to Jeff Eckart and Westbrae Nursery in Berkeley for their support;
also thanks to Sean Hogan and Cistus Nursery in Portland for advice and counseling.
Visit Peacock Horticultural Nursery in Sebastopol for unusual plants.

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Western Hills Garden, 16250 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental CA 95465
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment.