Waterfalls and a Dragon


Sebastopol | Large Rural Garden

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This National Wildlife Habitat certified garden has 5 waterfalls and 60 solar panels to offset electricity requirements. It also has over 40 bird boxes for titmice to barn owls, and 1,300 linear feet of garden paths planted with California native plants.

A life-size flying dragon sculpture and a nature carved stream-bed stabilized with native plants and an acre of land designed by Judith Lowry, Restoration Designer, which includes plantings for pollinators, butterflies, and birds. A barrier of a row of native grasses are used to reduce erosion caused by runoff from uphill properties and to catch weed seeds and horse manure particles borne on the prevailing winds.

Stormwater runoff-harvesting rain gardens, multiple swales and other water harvesting technologies are sited throughout the property.

Drip irrigation is used for waterfall plantings, fruit trees and redwoods. Other planted areas are only watered until established, and occasionally during very dry periods.

Events at Waterfalls and a Dragon

  • Pollinator tour 11 a.m.
  • Poster: Bunch grasses as weed barrier and erosion control
  • Poster: Bird houses – all you need to know
  • Poster: Quail Habitat

Homeowner and entomologist Art Slater provides a guided tour of the garden to highlight the pollinators that frequent the garden and the plants that have been installed to attract them.


Plants to Look out For

A printable plant list for Waterfalls and a Dragon can be downloaded using the blue button below.