The Friendship Garden

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Santa Rosa | 5,000 sq. ft. Neighborhood Garden

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Homeowners Jorjan and Ron introduce their garden.

We moved into our 1922 home in the Ridgeway Historic District in October, 2014. At that time the yard was full of weeds and overgrown. You could barely see the house! We removed 11 truckloads of grass, weeds and privets before we were able to start creating the space we had envisioned. Our idea was to have “rooms” to provide areas for different types of uses. We now have a vegetable garden, flower garden, decorative mounds, chicken coop/run, fire pit/bar area, dining section, and several different seating areas. We established wide gravel paths and put arbor mulch on the rest of the area that used to be lawn. We call it a Friendship Garden because it features many plants that were gifts of transplants from the gardens of our friends. There is also a Little Free Library in our front yard (a great way to meet neighbors and make new friends!).

We have used recycled materials wherever possible, such as in building the chicken coop, garden fence and yard art. There are areas of both sun and shade during all times of the day. We have a hanging chair and a hammock, favorite spots for reading. We also included a bird area with a feeder, bird bath, and elevated house (a replica of Luther Burbank’s home). Squirrels, doves, and hummingbirds are frequent visitors. We have several fruit trees which, along with eggs and veggies from the garden, provide us with lots of organic food. We use no pesticides and hand water as needed. Many of our plants are drought tolerant, and our water bill is low. Our yard feels like a oasis of calm although we are within walking distance of downtown and close by the freeway.