Laguna Environmental Center Native Plant Garden


Santa Rosa | Public Demonstration Garden

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Garden features:

  • California native plants.
  • Wetland plant species native to the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed.
  • Interpretive signage.

We are delighted to include the Laguna Environmental Center, home to the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, on the Eco-Friendly Garden Tour and for it to be the location for the CNPS Milo Baker Chapter plant sale.

Located on the west side of Santa Rosa, the Laguna Environmental Center is an excellent location to pause with a picnic lunch and take in the views. If you have not yet visited this place, it is a must see!

Pathways in the landscape lead visitors through a series of interpretive signs that educate visitors about the natural and human history of the area. Landscaped with native plants the site includes beautiful views, spots to have a picnic, a living willow tunnel and children’s playscape, a bridge over a swale, a pond planted with wetland plants, and an observation deck suitable for bird watching, photography, or just enjoying the quiet and the vistas.

The native plant landscape focuses on wetland species native to the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed, from basket sedge to box elder there are many species here that you don’t usually see in native plant gardens. There are also 14 heritage fruit trees around the farmhouse as well as a small vegetable garden to represent the period the farmhouse was constructed.

This garden includes educational posters on:

  • Birdhouses.
  • Quail Habitat.

A printable plant list is available to download for this garden.

Events at the Laguna Environmental Center 10 a.m – 4 p.m

  • Special Open House with Hands-On Activities for All Ages
  • CNPS Milo Baker Chapter Plant Sale & Information
  • Residential Landscape Design Display: Habitat Corridor Project, Master Gardeners of Sonoma County, Sonoma-Marin Water Saving Partnership

We are pleased to provide a focus on residential landscape design in Heron Hall. All of the landscape designs presented will be water efficient, and will include climate appropriate plant selections. The designs will also incorporate fire wise plant selections and planting arrangements. All of the landscape designs presented will be available to download and use free of charge.

  • The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership will be providing information regarding the Landscape Design Templates that are being developed for rebuild after the recent fires. The Partnership, Ann Baker Landscape Architects, Daily Acts, Equinox Landscapes and Foresite Mapping have come together to develop free, easy-to-permit landscape design templates for the public to use. Still in development, we invite to come learn about the project on the day of the tour.
  • The Habitat Corridor Project and the Master Gardeners of Sonoma County will each present landscape designs that they have produced for several residential sites owned by the Santa Rosa Junior College.

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) Milo Baker Chapter will be holding a plant sale at the Laguna Environmental Center and will have an information table in Heron Hall. Funds raised directly benefit CNPS Milo Baker. Come and pick-up a few plants and show your support for this important cause.

View a list of plants that will be for sale here.

Visit the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation website here.