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DAY TRIP: Quarryhill Botanical Gardens

posted Aug 18, 2017, 9:47 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated ]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Quarryhill Botanical Garden History

A fast-moving fire swept through the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains of eastern Sonoma County in 1964, burning almost everything to the ground. The following year, knobcone pine seedlings quickly sprouted in the ash-covered, rocky soil and shoots sprang from the remains of the charred madrones. Gradually, much of the range became a dense, almost impenetrable thicket of these pioneer species.

In 1968, Jane Davenport Jansen purchased more than forty acres northeast of Glen Ellen in the Mayacamas foothills, and two years later planted vineyards on the open valley floor. 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 which had been mined for road base dotted the site, evidenced by piles of rubble and numerous depressions. Some of these filled with water during the heavy winter rains, and a winter stream, winding its way through the rough terrain, eventually gave rise to a group of ponds and waterfalls; it seemed only natural to name the garden Quarryhill.

In the fall of 1987, representatives from Quarryhill went on their first seed collecting expedition to Asia. A nursery was established on-site the following year, and by the spring of 1990 young plants were ready for the garden. Planting new seedlings have continued every spring and fall, thanks to seed gathered on more than twenty autumn expeditions to East Asia. Oaks, maples, magnolias, dogwoods, lilies, and roses are particularly well-represented in the garden, and increased efforts have been made to focus on rare and endangered species from China and Japan. Today, Quarryhill is home to one of the largest collections of scientifically documented, wild-source Asian plants in North America and Europe, many of which represent ancestors of horticultural favorites found throughout the western world.

Jane worked tirelessly until her death in 2000, personally funding the entire operation and generously supporting fifteen expeditions. Over the years, Quarryhill has grown into a world-renowned botanical institution, providing other botanical gardens, arboreta, researchers, conservationists, students, and the visiting public with living examples of the beautiful and threatened temperate flora of East Asia. The twenty five-acre garden continues to thrive and expands with the help of staff, volunteers and members. Quarryhill celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012.

Join us for Quarryhill Day Trip

Join us Wednesday, October 18 for a docent-led tour through the majestic Quarryhill Botanical Garden, followed by lunch at Cafe Citti.

Price is $40 and includes transportation and tour.  (Lunch not included)

Space is limited, complete the online form below or call 707-829-2440 today to reserve.

Quarryhill Botanical Gardens

Meditation returns

posted Jul 31, 2017, 3:33 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Aug 3, 2017, 4:21 PM ]

Wednesday, August 23, 3 - 4 p.m.

Meditation sessions will return to the Sebastopol Area Senior Center each Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. beginning August 23.

These sessions are appropriate for both beginning and experienced meditators, and will also address questions that tend to arise at the beginning of a meditation practice. The gatherings will be ecumenical in nature, and each will be led by one of a roster of experienced meditation teachers:

  • Angel Stork is a teacher of meditation and Qigong who draws from diverse spiritual traditions. Angel has been a meditation teacher, of one kind or another, since 1985, when she graduated a 2+ year program for meditation, healing and intuition development in San Francisco. She taught in the same program for 17 years. Since leaving that program, she has explored other forms and meditative practices, guided imagery, consciousness studies and Focusing. Through meditative work, she teaches her clients about still point, resonance, energy management, healing, and the use of the mind to expand awareness.
  • Richard Ruge has studied a variety of meditation disciplines.
  • Lorraine Alexander is a teacher of DASA (Developing Awareness through Self-Actualization) Meditation, founded in 1975.
  • Amie Hill has done formal practice at San Francisco Zen Center and Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
  • Sri Nath is a novice student of Amma, the Hugging Saint, since 2008.

LGBTQI: Dog Days of Summer Disco Ball

posted Jul 11, 2017, 4:23 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jul 12, 2017, 2:53 PM ]

Saturday, August 26, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

The Dog Days of summer are upon us at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center, so let’s celebrate with our homage to Disco on Saturday, August 26, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

DJ Lori Z will provide very danceable tunes. Snacks provided and wine and beer for purchase. Our dances are all-inclusive and are meant to be enjoyed by the entire community, regardless of age, gender, or sexual orientation.

The cost is $10, and there will be a modest charge for wine and beer. Proceeds benefit the Senior Center. NO DOGS, please.

The Legacy to open on Sundays

posted Apr 20, 2017, 1:50 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jun 13, 2017, 11:40 AM ]

The Legacy open on Sundays

Your favorite sewing, needlepoint, and crafts store began opening on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 7. So many people who have limited access during the week will now have the opportunity to shop all weekend.

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