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Quarryhill Botanical Garden & The Rocks

Glen Ellen, Sonoma County, California, Photographic Tour

April 17, 2010, by Peggy B. Perazzo

According to the Quarryhill Botanical Garden web site, Jane Davenport Jansen purchased more than forty acres northeast of Glen Ellen in the Mayacamas foothills in 1968. “In 1987, she began to create a garden on twenty acres of the rocky, steep hillsides above the vineyards. The remains of several abandoned quarries…dotted the site….” My husband Pat and I visited the Quarryhill Botanical Garden to wander the many paths in the garden and try to ascertain where the old quarries were located. Howard Higson, Head of Horticulture, indicated that the stone used in the construction of the fences at the entrance was not quarried on the botanical garden property, but was quarried elsewhere. We were also in the area searching for the location of the old Valley of the Moon Flagstone Quarry, which we have not been able to locate yet. (Please note that the photographs presented here are not in the order of the self-guided tour as we ended up just wandering throughout the beautiful garden. Also, you might notice that my focus was more on the rocks in the garden because of my interest in the area’s quarries.)

You can read more about the old quarries in and around Glen Ellen in the Sonoma County quarry section of this web site. There are presently two quarries operating at Glen Ellen, and they are the Nun’s Canyon Quarry and the If you have personal knowledge and/or hotographs of these old quarries I would love to hear from you. Peggy B. Perazzo.

Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Calif. Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Calif.

Entrance to Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Sonoma Valley

Plaque at the Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Calif.

Plaque at entrance of Quarryhill Botanical Garden

Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Calif.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Calif.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Calif.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Calif.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Calif.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Calif.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Calif.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Calif.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Calif.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Calif.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Calif.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Calif.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Calif.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Calif.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Calif.

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