Trowel and Error


Rohnert Park | An Established Front Yard

Front Yard Only

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Garden features:

  • California Natives.
  • Lawn Conversion/Replacement.
  • Urban Homestead.

This garden has been developing for over 20 years with the time honored method of trowel and error. It stands as the living evolution of a passion project initially started as an interactive, educational environment for both plants and the kids of a daycare to grow in. While the children have mature and moved on, the flora have stayed firmly rooted and continue to flourish.

Serving as a replacement for a lawn that at one time would have used upwards of 10,000 gallons of water a year, you will now find a whimsical wonderland built and sustained by a multitude of recycled materials, including the very mulch that feeds it. Centered by a tree house, this low-water use space is filled with many drought resistant and California native species, and as a registered natural habitat for 10 years, on a given day you may find anything from hummingbirds to house cats making themselves at home among the myriad of salvaged and self propagated plant life. The garden is predominantly maintained by a Sonoma County master gardener with a little help (and occasional hindrance) from mother nature herself. We invited the public to come and enjoy the fruits of their labor, and take a member of their lovely leafy family home with them.

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