Live music unites people from all walks of life, unlike silence, which only unites librarians and people who crack safes. Bond over shared sound waves with today's Groupon: for $15, you get admission to Music in the Garden at Quarryhill Botanical Gardens in Glen Ellen on Saturday, September 17, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (up to a $30 value).
Quarryhill flourishes with a lush landscape of Asian plants documented and collected from the wild, and musicians collected from the surrounding area will create engaging soundscapes that perk up ears and spur feet to dance. Sitting picnic style, music-lovers can sup on home-prepared snacks and wine as they listen to American rock tunes played by Plan Be and admire exotic foliage as it sways in the breeze and begs feebly for a chance to sing. The grounds are open before the 6 p.m. showtime, encouraging garden-goers to wander through Quarryhill’s vibrant plant habitats, crunching through falling red and orange maple leaves and eavesdropping on beds of gossiping lilies.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden
A fire swept through the Mayacamas Mountains foothills in 1964, creating an environment ripe for the knobcone pines that quickly repopulated the land. Four years later, Jane Davenport Jansen purchased more than 40 acres of the nascent thicket, taming it with vineyards planted on the open valley floor. In 1987, she began cultivating a garden along the rocky, steep hillsides, which were pocked with the remains of abandoned rock quarries. Heavy rains and natural infiltration of waters created a group of ponds, creating a serene natural environment that Jansen soon planted with seedlings, flowers, and plants from seeds collected on more than 25 annual Asian expeditions. Until she passed away in 2000, Jansen funded the growth and cultivation of the 25-acre garden, which is now one of the largest collections of scientifically documented, wild-source Asian plants on the continent. Visitors can view the rare plants and vast selection of Asian greenery blossoming from the Glen Ellen countryside as they meander through the gardens during self-led tours.