Posted on December 27, 2022 by Sonoma Valley Sun
The Valley of the Moon Garden Club’s first meeting of 2023 will feature renowned experts in international botanic gardens.
On January 5, Scott Medbury, Executive Director of Sonoma Botanical Gardens (formerly Quarry Hill Botanical Gardens), will share a new vision for the history and future of this Sonoma Valley treasure.
The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 5th at 7:00 pm in Burlingame Hall, First Congregational Church, 252 West Spain Street. The meeting time is 6:30. Club members are free, guests pay $5. Light refreshments and a plant lottery after the meeting.
In 1968, San Francisco resident Jane Davenport Jansen purchased over 40 acres of land near Glen Ellen. This land used to be an abandoned sandstone quarry.
In 1987 she sponsored the first plant-collecting expedition to Asia. Her Glen Her Ellen property soon became her one of the largest collections of wild Asian plants scientifically recorded in North America and Europe.
Scott Medbury has spent 40 years curating, growing, and interpreting botanical collections, with appointments in gardens in New York, Washington State, Hawaii, England, and New Zealand, in addition to his previous posts in California. . .
The gardening club has 120 men and women, ranging from beginners to master gardeners. Nine conferences each year with presentations on gardening topics. The club supplies plants to all Sonoma Valley school gardens, provides high school scholarships each year, and supports Sonoma’s Sasalini School Gardens and Monarch Pollinator His Gardens with their labor and expertise. The club is a non-profit organization and donations to its programs are tax deductible.
The Sonoma Botanical Garden is located north of Sonoma Valley near Glen Ellen. The program “From East to Zest” will run until March 5, 2023.