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Santa Rosa | Small Urban Garden

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Garden features:

  • California Native Plants.
  • Rainwater System.
  • Wildlife Habitat.

This delightful urban garden is a native plant oasis right in the middle of the Roseland District of Santa Rosa. What once was a front and back lawn and a bunch of concrete is now a garden full of California native plants and some great examples of ways to save water in a small garden with raingardens and creative saw cutting of concrete. The landscape plan will be free to visitors as well as an extensive plant list to use in your lawn conversion and landscaping projects. Drip irrigation was installed to help the garden through the first two summer seasons but is being phased out; most of these plants just don’t need it anymore. There are also examples of lawn replacement groundcovers and plants that attract pollinators, butterflies and birds. Small but impactful-this garden is one not to miss especially if you are interested in converting your water hogging turf to California native plants. Garden lessons: Use broken concrete at bottom of mounds to save on dump fee’s; Sheet mulching may help when getting rid of turf but doesn’t work on Bermuda Grass – that takes consistent pulling but can be managed; Raingardens are fantastic but make sure to follow minimum set-back requirements when installing them; Rent a Saw Cutter for a day and change your boring concrete into a lovely asset in the garden and many more – come visit and learn!

Presented by the Habitat Corridor Project!

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

Gardening with California Native Plants

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) Milo Baker Chapter are hosting seven gardens on the 2019 Eco-Friendly Garden Tour. These gardens are denoted by CNPS on the garden list and include the CNPS Milo Baker logo on the garden description. The majority of the plants in these gardens are California native. With the exception of the Laguna Environmental Center, these are home gardens that are either owned by or were designed by members of the CNPS Milo Baker Chapter. At each of these gardens you will be greeted by CNPS volunteers, and volunteer horticultural experts will be on hand to answer questions about the plants on site.

CNPS Milo Baker will be holding a plant sale at the Laguna Environmental Center on the day of the tour, and each of the gardens will include posters providing valuable information on different aspects of gardening with natives.

Why garden with natives?

Gardening with native plants allows you to bring the beauty of California into your landscape while also receiving numerous benefits.

  • Save water: Once established, many California native plants need minimal irrigation beyond normal rainfall.
  • Lower Maintenance: Native plants do best with some attention and care, but require less water, fertilizer, pruning, less or no pesticide, and less of your time to maintain than do many common garden plants.
  • Reduce Pesticides: Native plants have developed their own defenses against many pests and diseases.
  • Invite Wildlife: Native plants, hummingbirds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects are ‘made for each other’. Research shows that native wildlife clearly prefers native plants.
  • Support Local Ecology: California native plants can help provide an important bridge to nearby remaining wild areas.

Further information can be be found on the California Native Plant Society web site.