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The iconic Western Hills Garden is a West County institution since the early 1970’s. The acreage features ponds, rock lined water ways, walking bridges, hundreds of species of plants in a verdant greenbelt setting.
A one-of-a-kind garden retreat on nearly three acres. The property consists of a reimagined two story, two bedroom and two bath home, the Barn studio, the Octagon house, the Glass house (greenhouse), the Prop house (propagation) and the stone lined Commons area for gatherings.
Stroll the winding network of paths past a beautiful collection of azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, endangered Chinese maples, conifers, and perennial shrubs that make the garden an all-year attraction. Several hundred plant tags identify the most important specimens with botanical information.
The gardens have been a landmark for garden fanciers and horticultural societies around the world for more than 60 years. An exceedingly rare opportunity for a historic property and to continue the legacy of rare plants and specimen trees.
This property is shown by appointment only.
Main House with 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths and Office/Library
The Studio Barn unit with loft
The Octagon house
The Glass house (greenhouse)
The Prop house (plant propagation greenhouse)
Western Hills Garden was founded by Lester Hawkins and Marshall Olbrich in 1959, and the rare plant nursery was started in 1973. The garden was described by the New York Times in 2005 as the “Tiffany’s of plants” and called a “landmark garden” by the San Francisco Chronicle. The garden and nursery is a beloved destination for serious gardeners.
In the summer of 2010, the property was acquired by the current owners. After extensive renovation, it opened to the public for tours and plant sales in 2012, the garden had hundreds of visitors over the next several years. A celebration of the garden’s 60th anniversary in 2019 attracted a wide range of support from the horticultural community.