Impact100 Sonoma’s Annual Garden Party

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Described as one of the pre-eminent Asian botanical gardens in the world, Quarryhill was a perfect setting for this year’s Impact 100 Garden Party.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFollowing a brief time for refreshments, conversations, and a stroll along garden paths, Impact100 President, Sydney Randazzo, welcomed members and their guests.  She expressed appreciation to our major underwriter, Union Bank and to Madrone Wines for their contribution of delicious wines  and special thanks to our hosts, the Quarryhill Botanical Gardens, for graciously opening their beautiful gardens to us, providing shuttles from the parking lot (much appreciated), and arranging for tours by knowledgeable and enthusiastic docents.

Laura ZimmermanEach year this event provides an opportunity to hear from the most recent recipient of the $100,000 Impact Grant, and we were delighted to welcome Laura Zimmerman, Executive Director of Sonoma Valley Educational Foundation, to tell us more about SmartStart – the preschool program funded by Impact100.  “We are incredibly grateful for your support… We know we can change kids’ lives.”  She described the “buzz of excitement” at Sassarini School with all of the required changes underway to support the program activities, and she invited Impact100 Sonoma members to visit on September 28 to see impact of our grant.  “You are all suddenly part of another part of our Sonoma community – our school district and we will welcome you at the ‘Impact100 Sonoma pre-school’.”

Bill McNamaraImpact100 Membership Chair, Ann Reder, shared a delightful garden analogy – thanking all of us “perennials” and encouraging additional “annuals” to add to the growth of our garden.  Her message about membership was followed by an official welcome from the Executive Director of Quarryhill, Bill McNamara.  He described Quarryhill as a “wild garden” and an important player in botanical conservation and research.  All of the plants have been grown from seeds gathered throughout Asia and serve as a genetic repository of numerous endangered plants threatened by the current extinction crisis.

Impact100 members then had the opportunity to follow several docents through the garden to learn about the Asian heritage of modern roses, a variety of medicinal plants, and the “parents” of conifers around the world and to experience first-hand the uniqueness of Quarryhill.

Quarryhill education docent, Ann Peden welcomes Impact100 members

Quarryhill education docent, Ann Peden welcomes Impact100 members

Impact100 members appreciate the Quarryhill shuttle service

Impact100 members appreciate the Quarryhill shuttle service










 And a special thank you to:

Union Bank

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