Eco-Friendly Garden Tour – Midtown Oasis


Daily ActsPetaluma Homestead

Limited visiting hours: 10AM – 1PM

This garden is featured in the Daily Acts Rockin’ Homestead Tour.

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Jan and Emily moved into their home in midtown Petaluma in March 2014 and have been busy setting up their garden since well before the last of the boxes and furniture arrived. Jan was transplanting herbs from their previous garden while the boxes were still being carried into the house! Their home, which was built in 1905, was fortunate enough to have previous owners that did a lot to convert the landscaping to an eco-friendly design with sheet mulching and lots of drought tolerant and insect attracting plants. This allowed them to focus their efforts on graywater, composting and planting a vegetable garden and fruit trees.

Their garden is very much a work in progress and despite Emily’s best efforts for a plan – Jan never lets too much planning get in the way of making things happen! They are excited to be welcoming chickens and bees into their Rockin’ Homestead this spring/summer as well as their first baby.

Plant List

Aloe spp., Fatsia japonica, Opuntia spp. (Prickly Pear Cactus), Pennisetum spp. (Fountain Grass), Salvia leucantha (Mexican Bush Sage), Yucca


Mint, Thyme, Oregano, Cilantro, Basil, Stevia


Kale, Swiss Chard, Carrots, Turnips, Green onion, Quinoa, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Squash, Peppers, Zucchini, Spinach, Asparagus, Raspberries, Pomegranate, Lemon trees, Apple tree and Plum tree

Bay Friendly Landscaping Principles and Practices

Landscape Locally

Bay-Friendly landscaping recognizes that our landscapes, whether they are commercial, institutional, residential or open space, are part of the larger ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay Area. It does not mean that the landscape must be wild and uncontrolled, but rather on the whole, it respects the natural attributes of our region and contributes to the health, diversity and sustainability of the San Francisco Bay ecosystem.

In return, many of the natural processes of a well functioning ecosystem, like nutrient cycling, can then benefit the landscape you design, construct or maintain. In addition, your clients are re-connected to nature through their landscapes, in one of the world’s most renowned environments.

  1. Select and evaluate the site carefully
  2. Assess the soil and test drainage
  3. Survey and protect flora & fauna
  4. Consider the potential for fire
  5. Use local, natural plant communities as models