Laguna Environmental Center Native Plant Garden


Santa Rosa|Public Demonstration Garden

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Garden features:

  • California native plants.
  • Wetland plant species native to the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed.
  • Interpretive signage.

We are delighted to include the Laguna Environmental Center, home to the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, on the Eco-Friendly Garden Tour and for it to be the location for the CNPS Milo Baker Chapter plant sale.

Located on the west side of Santa Rosa, the Laguna Environmental Center is an excellent location to pause with a picnic lunch and take in the views. If you have not yet visited this place, it is a must see!

Pathways in the landscape lead visitors through a series of interpretive signs that educate visitors about the natural and human history of the area. Landscaped with native plants the site includes beautiful views, spots to have a picnic, a living willow tunnel and children’s playscape, a bridge over a swale, a pond planted with wetland plants, and an observation deck suitable for bird watching, photography, or just enjoying the quiet and the vistas.

The native plant landscape focuses on wetland species native to the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed, from basket sedge to box elder there are many species here that you don’t usually see in native plant gardens. There are also 14 heritage fruit trees around the farmhouse as well as a small vegetable garden to represent the period the farmhouse was constructed.

This garden includes educational posters on:

  • Birdhouses.
  • Quail Habitat.

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

Events at the Laguna Environmental Center

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) Milo Baker Chapter will be holding a plant sale at the Laguna Environmental Center and will have an information table in Heron Hall. Funds raised directly benefit CNPS Milo Baker. Come and pick-up a few plants and show your support for this important cause.

The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (Partnership) represents 11 water utilities in Sonoma and Marin counties that have joined together to provide regional solutions for water use efficiency. The utilities include the Cities of Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Sonoma, Cotati; North Marin, Valley of the Moon and Marin Municipal Water Districts; Town of Windsor, California American Water – Larkfield District and Sonoma County Water Agency (Partners). Each of the Partners have water conservation programs that can assist customers in reducing their water use. The Partnership was formed to identify and recommend implementation of water use efficiency projects, and maximize the cost-effectiveness of water use efficiency programs in our region.

Free, Easy-to-Permit Landscape Design Templates for the Fire Rebuild
The Partnership has developed eight scalable landscape design templates for the fire rebuild. These free, front yard designs are scalable to fit landscaped areas up to 2,500 square feet, ready-to-permit, and in compliance with local Water Efficient Landscape Ordinances. The eight front yard plans are available in two of each of these styles:

      • Sonoma Native/Adaptive – an emphasis on native and fire safer plants
      • Sonoma Eco-Edible – a mix of edible and habitat plantings that maximize sustainability
      • Sonoma Contemporary – a modern, minimalistic and clean look that is easy to maintain
      • Sonoma Cottage – a Sonoma version of a cottage garden with natural materials and colorful plantings

Find all the templates here: Landscape Design Templates

View a list of plants that will be for sale here.

Visit the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation website here.