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Sonoma | 3/4 Acre Farm in Town

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Garden features:

  • California Native Plants.
  • Edible Garden.
  • Terracing and Erosion Control.

First time Eco-Friendly Garden Tour hosts and homeowners Jeff and Cameron introduce their garden:

Located in the town of Sonoma, this gracious farm house was surrounded by 3/4 acres of water-guzzling lawn until the current owners purchased the property 4 1/2 years ago. Now it’s a veritable farm with an olive grove producing gallons of tasty oil each year, 60 Syrah grape vines that produced it’s first harvestable crop this year (we’ll see how the rose tastes this spring!), raised vegetable beds, a stone fruit orchard and persimmon tree, citrus hedges and a kitchen herb garden. Native grasses and plants add texture and color highlights in the “meadow” areas that were once lawn. A small lawn area around the pool still provides an area for playful grandkids and games.

The landscape design features garden rooms – behind the house a formal patio/pool area paved with travertine is punctuated with planters filled with box hedges, dog woods and a pool-side wisteria-covered pergola. The poolside lawn is bordered by a perennial bed that’s backed by a split-rail fence. Beyond the rustic fence is a “meadow” of native grasses, plants and wild flowers. A curving gravel path through the meadow takes visitors to either the meadow gazebo picnic area, raised veggie beds, or to a fire bowl surrounded by Adirondack chairs that’s hidden within the grapevines.

The property uses well-water for irrigation and city water inside the house. In addition to eliminating 80% of the lawn, the current owners added three bio-swales to prevent water from flowing into the street storm drain: two that capture rainwater from the roof and one in the meadow vineyard. They installed rooftop solar panels to reduce their dependence on fossil fuel generated electricity.

The Town Farm hosts a variety of olive trees: Frantoio, Leccino, Pendolino; fruit trees: Fuji apple, Royal Blenheim Apricot, Pomegranate Punica gr. ‘Wonderful’, white ‘Nectar’ peach, Frost and O’Henry yellow peaches, Fantasia nectarine, ‘Black Jack’ fig; citrus: Eureka lemon, Dancy tangerine, Washington Navel orange, Bearss line, Meyer ‘Improved’ lemon, Fukushu kumquat, Hachiya persimmon, Black Jack fig; Venus dogwoods.

Town Farm has a beautiful array of many rose species including;

  • David Austin Climber, ‘Golden Celebration’
  • Iceberg
  • French Lace Floribunda
  • David Austin ‘The Lady Gardener’
  • ‘Moondance’ Floribunda
  • Climbers ‘Romantica’
  • Climber ‘Westlander’
  • Climber ‘The Generous Gardener’

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

Garden Sense – Free Onsite Gardening Advice

Garden Sense is a free program for Sonoma County residents who want to learn how they can save water in their own garden. Garden Sense consultants are Sonoma County Master Gardeners who have advanced training in water management, irrigation systems, site assessment, low-water use plants, and sustainable garden practices.
While visiting your garden, Garden Sense Consultants will provide:

  • How-to information about lawn conversion
  • How-to information about converting your sprinklers to drip irrigation
  • Suggestions of low water-use plants that match your site conditions
  • A basic site-specific sketch that addresses your functional needs
  • An assessment of your existing irrigation
  • General information and tips to help make your garden more sustainable

Make an appointment today! Visit sonomamg.ucanr.edu  or call (707) 565-3026.