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