Eco-Friendly Garden Tour – Permaculture Homestead


Chickens, Graywater, Rainwater, Edibles and More

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Over the past twelve years, the owners have gradually transformed a thirsty front lawn, and parched, Petaluma adobe back yard into a food-producing, eco-friendly homestead.

Now, thanks to the many individuals who’ve shared this house with the owners over time, (including a landscaper, artists, photographers, musicians, psychiatrist, naturopatic doctor, biomimicry specialist and two Daily Actors), this garden has a beautiful backyard permaculture garden with raised beds, hugelkultur mounds, and fruit trees.

Other features of this garden include a laundry-to-landscape graywater system, a rain water harvesting system, drip irrigation, a chicken palace with laying hens, an owl box, solar panels, a rain garden, and vermi- and traditional composting.

Plant List

Ornamental Plants

Clumping Bamboo, Helianthus spp. (Sunflower), Picea pungens (Blue Spruce), Sequoia sempervirens (Coast Redwood), Rhododendron spp., Salvia spp. (Sage), Thuja spp. (Arborvitae)

Fruit Trees

Meyer lemon,  Orange, Asian pear, Guava, Persimmon, Pomelo, Triple-variety peach, Sextuple-variety apple

Other Edibles

Fava beans, Corn, Peas, Cucumbers, Beans, Tomatoes, Carrots, Radishes, Peppers, Strawberries, Onions, Chives, Lettuce, Yacon, and various herbs


Graywater Systems

L2LIcon-400In California graywater includes water from bathtubs, showers, bathroom sinks, and clothes washing machines, but does not include water from kitchen sinks or dishwashers. Though all of these sources represent great opportunities to transform waste to resource, the Laundry-to-Landscape system is the simplest, most cost-effective, and does not require a permit, making it an excellent place to start!

Laundry-to-landscape installation workshops are frequently available from folks such as Daily Acts and the City of Santa Rosa. These workshops are a great way to learn more before installing your system.

  • The City of Santa Rosa are offering free laundry-to-landscape workshops on June 5 and July 18. Further information is available HERE.
  • Daily Acts have some great information on their website about graywater systems HERE.