In 2001, just 2 weeks before 9/11, CNPS members Becky and Bill Montgomery (Bill is retired head of Santa Rosa Parks Department) and Linda Ross established a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat at the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery to serve as a memorial garden and affirmation of life after 9/11.
The garden design focuses on native, drought-tolerant plants that attract native bees and butterflies. It has also been designated an official Monarch Sanctuary. All but three plants are natives to California and most are native to Sonoma County. Shrubs, bulbs, perennials and annual wildflowers will greet you throughout the garden. See the mature size of many shrubs in this well-established garden and what might work in your garden. You can also immerse yourself in Santa Rosa history with a visit to the adjoining carefully restored cemetery dating from 1854.
Here the California Native Plant Society will have an educational table with lots of information on gardening with natives and activities for kids. A workshop on Gardening for Habitat with year-round bloom with be given at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
A printable plant list is available to download for this garden.
Create a Wildlife-Friendly Garden
You can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat in commercial and residential areas. By providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young you not only help wildlife, but you also qualify to become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat®.
- Provide Food for Wildlife
- Supply Water for Wildlife
- Create Cover for Wildlife
- Give Wildlife a Place to Raise their Young
- Help Wildlife Thrive with Healthy Habitat
For these tips and further information please visit the National Wildlife Federation webpage.