60th Anniversary Celebration Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26, 2019
10am – 4pm each day
Western Hills Garden, a “landmark” garden in the Redwoods, turns 60 years old this year. To celebrate, we will have speakers, tours, and panels to tout the garden’s past and future. An excellent selection of plants will be offered for sale to support the garden restoration effort.
Enjoy self-guided tours of the garden as well as “Walk and Talk” tours and speakers during the weekend. Sean Hogan, owner of Cistus Design Nursery and noted horticulturist, will be the featured speaker both mornings. He has been associated with the garden from the early days and has helped with the restoration.
A schedule of events has information about speakers and invited guests. On 5/25/19, Sean Hogan will speak at 11am, composting expert Dick Miner will lead a workshop at 1pm, and natural-landscape design expert Stew Winchester will lead a trees tour with Hogan at 2pm. On 5/26/19, Hogan will continue his discussion at 11am, and landscape photographer Saxon Holt will speak at 2pm.
The plant sales will feature iconic and historic plants from Western Hills Garden, as well as modern cultivars compatible with the garden. Two nurseries will participate:
Cistus Design Nursery is a retail micro-nursery located near Portland, Oregon, offering Mediterranean climate, southern hemisphere, hardy tropical plants, and more.
Western Hills Nursery has been rejuvenated. Volunteers have propagated plants from the garden including acers, conifers, and a wide selection of flowering shrubs. See the article “Western Hills at 60,” published by the Garden Conservancy.
An ENTRY FEE of $35 will be charged to cover event expenses. Any profit will go directly to support garden restoration, maintenance, and enhancement work. The fee for children ages 6–12 will be $10. No entry fee for Western Hills Garden Members. See our Membership page to become a Garden Member.
PARKING is limited at the Garden. Carpools are recommended. A shuttle from downtown Occidental (1.3 miles) will be offered on Saturday and Sunday as part of the entry fee. Park at upper lot behind Union Hotel Restaurant. — Shuttle will run every 30 minutes from 10am–4pm.