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Sonoma Botanical Garden grows its community

Sonoma Botanical  Garden grows its community


By Mia Epstein

The Sonoma Botanical Garden seeks volunteers. Volunteer positions include garden hosts and guides, who will welcome guests, answer questions, and lead tours. No prior knowledge of plants is required; only an eager and excited attitude. The garden is a lovely spot to enjoy a serene walk and is the only botanical garden in Sonoma County.

Previously, the name of the garden was Quarryhill Botanical Garden and only Asian plants were featured. To broaden the scope of the garden and create a stronger tie to the community, California native plants were added and the name was changed to the Sonoma Botanical Garden.

The new mission includes creating a space for environmental education and sharing the beauty of Asian and Californian plants. The plants are conserved in natural habitats and gardens. For anyone who loves nature, the Sonoma Botanical Garden is definitely a place to check out. Curiosity is encouraged and answers can be found with the help of the volunteers. The botanical garden hopes to bring in volunteers who will spread positivity. In 1968, Jane Davenport Jansen purchased the land that now houses the garden. In the early 1970s, the United States was redefining its relationship with China and Jansen saw this as an opportunity to create a garden full of Asian plants. With some time and expeditions between countries, her vision for the botanical garden was born.

To help continue this dream, visit: to sign up for the hour-long volunteer orientation, followed by an hour-long tour of the garden, on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 9 a.m.