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Sonoma | 4 Acre Banana Belt Garden

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Garden features:

  • Smart Irrigation Controller
  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Rainwater Swales

Meg Beeler, a First time Eco-Friendly Garden Tour host, author and founder of Earth Caretakers introduces her garden:

Situated in the “banana belt” of Sonoma Mountain (elevation about 400 feet), the 4-acre oak woodlands garden has 5 species of native oaks, madrone, bay, buckeye, toyon, ceanothus, manzanita, coyote bush, rush, and native wildflowers. An ephemeral stream runs through the edge of the property.

Interspersed in the spaces close to the house are drought-resistant Mediterranean plantings, roses, a vegetable garden, fruit trees (10), a small pond where Pacific Chorus frogs hatch, 2 areas with non-native flowers, and honey-producing bee hives.

Irrigation runs at night, and timers are changed at least four times a year to maximize water savings.

Hardscape is minimal (driveway and rear cement patio surrounding pool), with natural pathways throughout.

A medicine wheel with view of San Pablo Bay is at top of property.

A printable plant list is available to download for this garden that lists the majority of the native plants as well as some non-natives and a few of the roses.

Russian River Friendly Landscaping Principles and Practices

Landscape for Less to the Landfill

Reducing waste starts with not generating it in the first place. Selecting the right plants for the right place, as well as watering and fertilizing judiciously are important ways to reduce the tons of plant debris that are generated annually.

Reusing plant trimmings as mulch, grasscycling, and using compost improves soils, creates healthier landscapes and in addition, keeps materials out of local landfills.

Russian River FLG LogoMaterial use is an important factor in the landscape. Using recycled content, salvaged, durable or local materials conserves resources and can reduce the amount of embodied energy that is consumed by the landscape.

Landscaping for less to the landfill will help you create a beautiful, relatively trouble free landscape that yields years of benefits for you, your client and the Russian River Watershed.

  1. Select appropriate plants
  2. Keep plant debris on site
  3. Prune selectively and properly
  4. Water and fertilize judiciously
  5. Use goats or sheep for controlling weeds and creating firebreaks
  6. Use salvaged items & recycled content materials
  7. Reduce and recycle waste
  8. Separate plant debris for clean green discounts