Garden Programs

As an instructional outdoor space, the Sunflower Hill Garden is a medium for educational, therapeutic, and life skills training; offering adults with developmental disabilities opportunities to thrive.

Program offerings include group visits for both Adult Day Programs and High School Transition classes, as well as vocational training for individuals in a small group setting. Our multi-disciplinary programs and activities are designed for adults with special needs (intellectual and/or developmental disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, ADHD, epilepsy, and other chromosomal abnormalities). Led by our knowledgeable and dedicated Garden staff, the curriculum is specially designed to offer unique experiences for individuals of all abilities.

Hands-On Garden Groups

Our in-person, Hands-On Garden Groups meets weekly for a 12-week period at the Sunflower Hill Garden. The program offers person-centered programming for adults with developmental disabilities, providing opportunities to learn, explore, and engage in new and supportive ways. Led by knowledgeable staff with a passion for both people and plants, curriculum addresses educational, therapeutic, and life-skill topics to grow important independent living skills. Hands-On groups are uniquely designed to honor all ability levels and are smaller in size to guarantee intentional interaction, ensuring an environment that equips each person for success.

Garden EXPERIENCE Group

The Garden Experience group is designed for people looking to be out-and-about in the Sunflower Hill Garden fields, and who possess a strong passion for experiencing all types of garden related tasks. Participants in the Experience group learn about what type of work is imperative to keeping a garden growing, tools and skills employed in gardening, and enjoy extended time participating in field work practicing what they have learned.

Garden ENGAGEMENT Group

The Garden Engagement group places an emphasis on exploring and learning about the garden as well as building community among participants and garden staff. The Engagement group is perfect for individuals eager to grow their plant knowledge, explore tasting new and healthy foods, are excited by engaging their senses in the natural setting of the Sunflower Hill Garden, and long to deepen friendships and experience a community connection.

Our current Hands-On Garden Group programs are full. Contact us to learn more about future program openings.


Sunflower Hill Garden

The Sunflower Hill Garden produces thousands of pounds of fresh, organic produce each year, which is planted and harvested by our program participants. Over 70% of our produce is donated to local nonprofits. The remainder is donated to our program participants and volunteers as well as sold at our Harvest Stand.

Located at Hagemann Ranch in Livermore, CA the Sunflower Hill Garden was co-founded by Christina Bogert and Lynn Monica and broke ground in 2015 with the mission to provide educational and vocational horticulture opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.

Contact us to learn how you can volunteer in the Garden.

Sunflower Hill Garden
455 Olivina Ave Livermore, CA 94550