Sierra Creek Wildlife Habitat


Santa Rosa | 1/3 acre Front & Back Gardens

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Garden features:

  • California native and deer resistant plants.
  • Edible garden.
  • Rainwater harvesting system.
  • Wildlife habitat.

Welcome to our certified National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Backyard Wildlife Habitat Garden! The property backs onto Sierra Park Creek, which offers year-round water to wildlife, and plenty of Oak trees. It’s a woodland, right in the Santa Rosa suburbs of Bennett Valley.

The 1/3 acre property was transformed by the owners from a jungle of invasive plants, to a welcoming place for birds and other creatures. Butterfly caterpillars find plenty of carefully selected plants here to feast upon. Plantings were designed to be easily maintained, with very low water use. The plants selected thrive in clay soil, which we do not amend, till, or mulch. Traditional mulch was omitted in the garden to allow space for the natural spread and re-seeding of the plants (green mulch). Many of our Native Bees also require bare soil for their nests – don’t worry, they do not sting! Providing food, shelter, and water for all forms of wildlife is important to us, and are also the basic criteria for becoming a NWF certified garden.

We’re a small team of two that created and maintain this garden: he is a retired Landscape Architect, and she is an avid California native plant gardener. Several years ago, we extended our landscaping beyond the back fence, to the pedestrian pathway along the creek. This provides a corridor for wildlife, suppresses non-native growth, and is more visually appealing. This extension also allows passers-by a close-up look at native plants. There will be handouts available, as well as a poster board to help you plan your own attractive Garden for Wildlife.

This garden includes an educational poster on Habitat Gardening Basics.

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

Events at Sierra Creek Wildlife Habitat

  • Habitat Gardening Tour 2 p.m.

Habitat-sign-for-nwfYou can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat in commercial and residential areas. By providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young you not only help wildlife, but you also qualify to become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat®.

  • Provide Food for Wildlife
  • Supply Water for Wildlife
  • Create Cover for Wildlife
  • Give Wildlife a Place to Raise their Young
  • Help Wildlife Thrive with Healthy Habitat

For these tips and further information please visit the National Wildlife Federation webpage.