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Fundraisers at Quarryhill, Bouverie; the quiet of the Ashram

Wild collections

I can’t imagine anywhere better to spend this weekend than enjoying the two beautiful preserves here in Glen Ellen. May 17 and 18 feature two of the most exciting fundraisers our town ever sees.

Both the lovely gardens of Quarryhill Botanical Preserve and the wilderness of the Bouverie Audubon Preserve hold fund-raisers to benefit their education programs for school children. Both preserves offer free hikes to schoolchildren throughout the Bay Area where the kiddos are immersed in nature and educated about our natural world.

But this weekend, the two events are just for adults, with libations and celebration.

Quarryhill’s event is called “Wild Collections, Expeditions for Education” and takes place in the evening of Saturday, May 17, beginning at 5 p.m. Guests will stroll the lovely flower-festooned paths of Quarryhill, stopping along the way for snacks and entertainment. We wonder if the giant flower fairies will return. Last year’s photograph with one of these lovely ladies is my prize pix of the year (sorry Robbi Pengelly, but it’s true). The evening ends with an inspiring speech given by Sir Peter Crane, dean of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He will speak about the importance of environmental education for children.

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