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Quarryhill seeks volunteers

Quarryhill Botanical Garden, a non-profit Asian woodland garden in the heart of the Sonoma Valley is seeking new volunteers and commencing a docent training series in June at its 21-acre garden in Glen Ellen. Tour docents at Quarryhill lead public tours during the season of March through October.

The training will cover Quarryhill’s history, its field collecting work in Asia, its support for botanical research and study at universities worldwide, and its conservation and preservation efforts. In addition, a significant amount of time will be devoted to teaching about the Living Collection of over 22,000 plants, in over 1,200 species present in the garden. Graduates of the training program will be fully qualified to participate in leading tours.

Typically, new docents pair with experienced docents for a number of tours to assist the new docents in ‘getting their feet wet.’

Training will consist of four three-hour sessions on consecutive Saturdays in June (6, 13, 20, 27) 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Each session consists of classroom time and a significant amount of time in the garden. For participants who can’t attend all sessions, private make-up sessions can be arranged.

Quarryhill is also looking for Educator/Docents to participate in leading tours for Sonoma County 4th and 5th grade classes which will start again in September for the fall season. Educator/Docents may, but are not required to, go through the normal tour docent training. Separate training oriented to teaching kids about nature and ecology is provided.

Quarryhill volunteers receive a free membership to Quarryhill, and participate in special events and botanically-oriented field trips. If you love the outdoors, want to spend time in a beautiful flowering woodland setting, and enjoy meeting people, come join us. To sign up, call 996 3166, or email

Information about and photos of Quarryhill can be found at

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