Sonoma | Working Farm, Native Habitat and Community Garden
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Native Bee, Butterfly and Hummingbird Habitat Gardens.
- Native Plant Nursery.
- Water-Wise LID Demonstration Garden.
Located less than two miles from the Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma Garden Park is truly a hidden gem in Sonoma. Sitting on over 6-acres of land, Sonoma Garden Park is a working farm, a model of sustainable agriculture, a community gathering place, and a public park open everyday from dawn to dusk. Owned and operated by Sonoma Ecology Center’s horticulturists and professional farmers, educators, and ecologists with invaluable help from the Sonoma County Master Gardeners and from many dedicated local volunteers; the garden park offers community workshops and events and k-12 classes and camps to teach children about nature, environmental science, and sustainability. In addition to learning about sustainable landscaping and organic farming practices, community members can rent a community garden plot or purchase fresh eggs, veggies, and organic veggie starts at the seasonal Harvest Market in the Straw Bale Barn on the property each Saturday, from mid-April through November.
Sonoma Garden Park is over five acres in size, with food grown on two of those acres hat is sold on site on Saturdays. The beloved Grandmother Oak (a valley oak) is over 500 years old, and its progeny can be seen throughout the park. The park harbors three active bee hives. Oak woodland native habitat, chickens, Mediterranean bee and butterfly gardens. Sonoma Garden Park demonstrates ecological, no-till market gardening techniques, a fig forest and a children’s garden.
Make sure to check out the Harvest Market from 9 a.m – 12 p.m. You’ll find tomatoes, squash, onions, potatoes, chard, figs, apples, herbs, fresh cut flowers and other produce, depending on what’s in season. Local artists and craft products will also be featured.
A printable plant list for the Sonoma Garden Park can be downloaded using the blue button below.
Plants, Plants, Plants!
There are many great resources to select water smart plants for your garden. Chatting with experts at your local nursery is a great place to start. Here are some online resources to help you research:
- Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership Water Smart Plant Guide
- UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County Top Plants for Sonoma County
- Garden Sense Water-Wise Plant Garden
- Marin-Municipal Water District Water-Wise Gardening
- Marin Master Gardeners Water-Wise Plant Selection
- California Native Plant Society Calscape
One of the key elements to using less water in your landscape is to group plants by their water requirement, known as a hydrozone. By doing this plants can receive the amount of water that they prefer, rather than over watering some to provide enough for those that are more thirsty. To check the water requirement of a plant species refer to the WUCOLS website.