Western Hills Garden
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The garden and nursery will be closed to the public in 2020 for restoration. We will continue to support volunteers, members, garden clubs and other groups of 15 or more by appointment.

Member and Group Appointments:
To make individual or group appointment, phone (707) 872-5463 or e-mail Chris@WesternHillsGarden.com.

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

Landmark Garden:
Western Hills Garden was founded by Lester Hawkins and Marshall Olbrich in 1959, and the rare plant nursery was started in 1973. The garden was described by the New York Times in 2005 as the “Tiffany’s of plants” and called a “landmark garden” by the San Francisco Chronicle. The garden and nursery was a destination for serious gardeners until it was closed in 2010 and went into foreclosure.

In the summer of 2010, the garden was purchased by the current owners. The garden was closed for two years for extensive renovation. Reopened to the public for tours and plant sales in 2012, the garden had hundreds of visitors over the next several years. A celebration of the garden’s 60th anniversary in 2019 attracted a wide range of support from the horticultural community. By 2020, the owners recognized the need of additional renovations, and have closed the garden to the public for the year.

Plant Collections:
The three-acre site boasts a beautiful collection of azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, and more that put on a beautiful spring and summer show. The winding paths through endangered Chinese maples, conifers, and perennial shrubs make the garden an all-year attraction. Several hundred plant tags identify the most important specimens with botanical information (genus, species, family, origin, and common name).

Hold Your Special Event Here:
We will continue to host garden clubs and other groups during 2020. More than 50 garden clubs and horticultural societies have visited the garden in the last several years. We also have hosted numerous birthdays, weddings, charitable events, and retirement parties. We have a large event space and several subsidiary buildings to accommodate your needs. Volunteer docents are available for groups larger than fifteen. Give us a call to schedule an event today.

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

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

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

Places to Stay in Occidental:
Inn at Occidental is a luxurious bed and breakfast
The Occidental Lodge is friendly and affordable

Places to Shop for Unusual Plants:
In Sebastopol, visit Peacock Horticultural Nursery and Sonoma Horticultural Nursery. In Cotati, see the amazing collection of conifers at Pond and Garden. Also worth a trip is Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen.

Many of the plants for sale and planted in the garden come from Cistus Nursery in Portland. The owner, Sean Hogan, has a long history with Western Hills and has been an invaluable resource.

Our “sister” nursery in Berkeley, Westbrae Nursery, has also been a source of hard to find plants.

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