Sonoma Botanical Garden

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United States of America - California - Glen Ellen

Institution Code: GELLE

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

Lower Lake waterfall at Sonoma Botanical Garden
Lower Lake waterfall at Sonoma Botanical Garden

About the Sonoma Botanical Garden

The mission of Sonoma Botanical Garden is to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the beauty and value of Asian and California native plants, and to promote their conservation in natural habitats and gardens.

Main Address:
Sonoma Botanical Garden
12841 Sonoma Highway
PO Box 232
Glen Ellen
California 95442 United States of America

Telephone: (707) 996-3166
Fax: (707) 996-3198
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Scot Medbury
    Curator's Name: Michael Wenzel
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Michael Wenzel
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 5
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 5

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: Yes
  • Date founded: 1987
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 5 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 8 Hectares
  • Total Area: 25 Hectares
    Latitude: 38.3772233
    Longitude: -122.5132151
    Annual Rainfall: 635 mm
    Altitude: 105.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Sonoma Botanical Garden
  • Local Address: 12841 Sonoma Highway
  • Locality: City: Glen Ellen
  • Locality: State: California

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 15000
    Number of Volunteers: 80

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 2775
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 1304
  • Special Collections:Primarily from wild origin seed collected on yearly expeditions to China, Japan and other temperate, East Asian areas.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: No
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: No
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: No
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes