Kaila’s Garden


Daily ActsPetaluma | Waterwise Edible Landscape

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This garden is featured on the Daily Act’s Resilient Homes Tour.

Garden Features:

  • Edible Garden.
  • Rainwater Catchment System.
  • Laundry-to-Landscape Graywater System.

A Daily Acts volunteer since 2012, the homeowner at this wonderful garden has worked to make these gardens ever more waterwise, food productive, and inviting to birds, bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects. They have designed and built most of the structures on the property, including arbors, decks, and more. The recently transformed backyard was designed to provide a space for community gatherings in addition to its primary function as a garden. It is also an example of how the addition of tall raised beds can allow gardeners to continue doing what they love as they get older. Redwood beds and galvanized tanks produce vegetables and fruit, while assorted wine barrels and smaller containers are primarily used for insectary plants and herbs.

The edible front yard garden features fruit trees, berries, herbs, insectary plants, wildlife-friendly shrubs and hedges, and seasonal crops including tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers. A laundry-to-landscape graywater system, in operation for over 6 years, has kept more than 30,500 gallons of water on site to date. Front downspouts tie directly to the graywater mulch basin to reduce runoff, and an inline drip system serves as backup.

A 7-barrel rainwater catchment system was installed in 2014. Today there are 17 barrels in front and back yards combined with a holding capacity of over 850 gallons, reducing usage of city water for irrigation.

Plant List

Ornamental Plants

1. Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)
2. Aloe maculata (Soap Aloe)
3. Calendula officinalis (Calendula)
4. Centranthus ruber (Jupiter’s Beard)
5. Erigeron karvinskianus (Santa Barbara Daisy)
6. Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy)
7. Lagerstroemia indica (Crape Myrtle)
8. Lavendula angustifolia (English Lavender)
9. Magnolia grandiflora (Southern Magnolia)
10. Nepeta × faassenii (Catmint)
11. Pennisetum orientale (Chinese Fountain Grass)
12. Penstemon spp. (Penstemon, Beard Tongue)
13. Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem Sage)
14. Romarinus officinalis (Rosemary)
15. Rosa spp. (Rose)
16. Salvia chamaedryoides (Germander Sage)
17. Sedum spp. (Stonecrops)
18. Zinnia elegans (Zinnia)

Fruit Trees

Apples, Bearrs Lime, Meyer Lemon, Nectarine Necta Zee, Santa Rosa and Hollywood Plums, Cara Cara Orange, Pineapple Guava.

Other Edibles

Basil, Black elderberry, Blueberry, Borage, Bronze Fennel, Chives, Comfrey, Common Thyme, Cucumbers, Garlic, Italian Parsley, Lemon Balm, Oregano, Raspberries, Spearmint, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Chile Peppers, Summer and Winter Squash.

Daily Acts & the Community Resilience Challenge

Daily ActsDaily Acts began in 2002 with the publication of their first Ripples journal, promoting a healthy, just and sustainable lifestyle, and their first green home tour.  They provide hands-on sustainability education and resources, to build skills and strengthen communities.

Daily Acts provides citizens and organizations the knowledge and tools to transform lawns into food forests, install graywater systems, create habitat, keep bees, rear local chickens, and tend to personal and financial ecology. They provide services to various municipalities including Petaluma, Cotati, and Windsor to support them in achieving their sustainability goals.

crc-logo-master-subtitle-final (1)Beginning in the springtime of each year and culminating in an awe-inspiring weekend of action on May 16th and 17th, Community Resilience Challenge participants are playing their part to Save Water, Grow Food, Conserve Energy, Reduce Waste and Build Community. Participants register their actions online and all actions are aggregated on a map to build a picture of the growing resilience movement.