Turtle Creek Gardens

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Kenwood | 15,000 sq. ft. Creekside Garden

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Garden Features:

  • Deer Resistant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Fire Recovery Growth

Welcome to Liz’s garden:

Turtle Creek Gardens is the result of over 30 years of planting CA native plants and other drought tolerant plants. Nestled on the banks of Sonoma Creek in the town of Kenwood it is a delightful assemblage of plants, many native to California. The large garden celebrates Liz’s travels and propagation skills building a colorful collector’s garden not a formal designer’s garden.

This garden was on the garden tour in 2016. In October of 2017, the garden burned as a result of the Nunns Fire. The deck that went over the Sonoma Creek and the charming bridges, all burned as did part of the garden. It has been mostly cleaned up, but it is still interesting to see the regeneration of the plants that burned. Located at the end of a short drive, it is an extensive garden with many interesting plants.

Liz has been the coordinator of the Milo Baker Chapter of the California Native Plant Society plant sale since 1980. Therefore look for lots of native plants, as well as other plants that have done well.

Plant List

Some of the key plants in this garden for this time of year are listed below. You can also download a printable plant list for this garden.

  1. Manzanita (Arctostaphylos ‘Carmel Sur’, A. ‘Sunset’, A. ‘White Lanterns’)
  2. Groundcover Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis ‘Twin Peaks’)
  3. Yerba Buena (Clinopodium douglasii)
  4. Seaside Daisy (Erigeron glaucus)
  5. Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatumE. giganteumE. grande rubescens)
  6. California Fescue (Festuca californica)
  7. Gum Plant (Grindella stricta)
  8. Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia)
  9. Pacific Coast Iris (Iris)
  10. Catalina Ironwood (Lyonothamnus floribundus ssp. asplenifolius)

Fire Safe Landscaping

A fire-safe landscape uses well maintained fire-resistant plants that are strategically planted to resist the spread of fire to your home. Fire resistant plants are great in California because they are often drought tolerant, too.

Fire safe landscaping tips:

  • Create fire-safe zones with stone walls, patios, decks and paths.
  • Use rock, composted or heavy bark mulch, flower beds, and gardens as ground cover for bare spaces and as effective firebreaks.
  • Fire resistant hedges and screens can “catch” embers before they reach your house if placed in strategic locations.
  • There are no “fire-proof” plants, but some are more fire resistant than others. Select high moisture plants that grow close to the ground and have a low sap or resin content.
  • Choose plant species that resist ignition.
  • Choose broad-leafed hardwood trees that are less flammable than pine, fir and other conifers.

To learn more about fire safe landscaping and plants in Sonoma and Marin counties visit: