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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 6, 2013

Quarryhill Botanical Garden: Flowers and Birds 5/6/13

A Little Known Garden of Asia

Today we did a trip to Quarryhill Botanical Garden. Beginning in 1987 through the collection of seeds from Asia, Quarryhill has matured into a well established Garden with a rich Asian Flora.  Quarryhill has one of the largest scientifically documented collections of wild source Asian plants in the world.   Quarryhill supports the preservation of endangered species, collection of seeds of endangered species, education and research.   The garden is in Sonoma County outside of Glen Ellen.  For more information on Quarryhill Botanical Garden go to: http://www.quarryhillbg.org/

This is the first time I have visited the garden in Spring. We had hoped to hit the peak of the flower bloom but were informed peak was a week earlier as this year’s weather patterns resulted in an early bloom. There were still many flowers in bloom and the it was a bright overcast day so the light was excellent for flower photography. There were a number of species of dogwoods, columbines and roses in bloom. You will notice all flower photographs are not identified today as many flowers did not have signs and my skill at Asian flower identification is rather poor.

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There was a fair amount of bird activity in the trees. Fortunately, the birds were from California not Asia and I was able to identify a number of them by sight and/or sound. They included Turkey Vulture, Stellar Jay, Song Sparrow, Lesser Goldfinch, Anna’s Hummingbird, Spotted Towhee (a number of these were  singing quite loudly), Hutton’s Vireo, Wrentit, California Towhee, American Robin, American Crow, Scrub Jay, Dar-eyed Junco, Acorn Woodpecker, and Western Bluebird.

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