Eco-Friendly Garden Tour – CA Native & Urban Gardens

The Eco-Friendly Garden Tour is a public outreach and education program that promotes sustainable landscaping practices by showcasing inspiring gardens throughout Sonoma and Marin counties. The Tour highlights Russian River-Friendly and Bay-Friendly landscaping best practices, and supports Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) certified professionals by featuring their personal or client’s gardens.

The 2019 tour will be held Saturday May 4th, 2019. The self-guided Eco-Friendly Garden Tour is free to attend, registration is required.

The garden descriptions provided are not formatted for print. We encourage you to view them online. To help you decide which gardens to visit the garden overview provides a list of features at each location and the logistics page provides some advice to plan and enjoy the tour.

ECO-FRIENDLY GARDEN TOUR LOGISTICS

Before the Day

  • Register for the tour to obtain access to the garden addresses.
  • Read your confirmation email. It contains your ticket(s) and a link to access the garden addresses. Address information will be posted on April 29th, 2019.
  • Use the information on the website to plan which gardens you’d like to see.
  • Watch out for the demonstrations, talks, and plant sales offered at some gardens.

On the Day

  • Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Bring an electronic or paper ticket with you to gain access to the gardens.
  • Look for the Eco-Friendly Garden Tour signs.
  • The Tour is self-guided.
  • Plan your day ahead of time. We recommend planning to visit three to five gardens.
  • Some gardens are clustered in close proximity. Take the opportunity to walk or ride your bike, there’s bound to be plenty of other gardens to view on the journey.
  • Due to the nature of the terrain at home gardens this Tour is not ADA accessible. Many of the gardens can be viewed from sidewalks and driveways. There is likely to be uneven and hilly terrain, narrow pathways and obstacles. Wear appropriate footwear with low heels.
  • Please be considerate of garden hosts, volunteers, and other visitors.
  • Stay on marked pathways.
  • Do not pick flowers, fruit, or vegetables. Do not take cuttings.
  • Parking may be limited and some amount of walking may be required. Please drive carefully and slowly.
  • Consider carpooling and alternative means of transportation such as walking and cycling.
  • Restroom facilities are not provided, please plan accordingly.
  • Children must be closely supervised by an accompanying adult. Strollers may not be permitted in the gardens.
  • Dogs are not permitted in the gardens on the Tour.
  • Smoking is not permitted in the gardens on the Tour.

2019 Eco-Friendly Garden Tour Locations

Sebastopol

  1. Blossom, Bees, Bugs, Birds, Butterflies and (Books)
  2. West County Wildlife Haven| CNPS

Windsor

  1. Windsor Wellness Garden | Daily Acts

Santa Rosa

  1. All About California Native Plants | Pollinators Presentation
  2. Urban Oasis
  3. Herban Allies
  4. Avalow
  5. Hairy Xeriscape | CNPS
  6. Habitat Corridor Project Creation | CNPS
  7. Laguna Environmental Center | CNPS | Native Plant Sale | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  8. Sustainable Education Garden | Santa Rosa Water | Irrigation Controller Workshop |

Sonoma Valley

  1. Turtle Creek Gardens | CNPS
  2. California Natives and a Kitchen Potager Garden | CNPS
  3. Happy Habitats & Heritage
  4. Garden at the Bend
  5. Celebrating Rainwater Management and California Natives | CNPS
  6. Casa de Luz
  7. Town Farm
  8. Sonoma Garden Park | Harvest Market | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Rohnert Park and Cotati

  1. A Water-Wise D.I.Y Demonstration Garden | Daily Acts
  2. Sustainable Sonoma

Petaluma

  1. Playful Rain Garden | Daily Acts
  2. Midtown Oasis | Daily Acts
  3. California Natives in a Home Garden
  4. From Biological Desert to Woodland Understory, Chaparral and Veggies | Garden Sense
  5. Kaila’s Garden| Daily Acts

North Marin

  1. Charlotte T’s Habitat Garden | Plant Sale | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Propagation Demonstration | 1 p.m.
  2. A Fun and Peaceful Escape
  3. Learning from the Master Gardeners

Point Reyes Station

  1. Suzi’s Wild-is-Beautiful Native Garden and Orchard
  2. Point Reyes Prairie

Marin

  1. Knoll Top Succulent Garden
  2. Sequoia Park Natives | Gardening w/ Natives Presentation | 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  3. Sophisticated Downslope Water Garden
  4. California Native Hillside Garden
  5. An Urban Farmer’s Paradise
  6. The Redwoods Senior Community Garden
  7. The Art of Lawn Replacement | Lawn Replacement Presentation | 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  8. Sustainability Showcase
  9. Terraced Community Garden
  10. Southwestern Cactus Garden
  11. CA Native Plant Pollinator Garden | Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change Exhibit

 

Public Gardens & More

For the other 364 days we are pleased to provide you with a listing of inspiring public demonstration gardens that you can visit at any time of the year. For a virtual experience you can also visit the gardens that were featured on the tour in the past few years.

The Partnership offers a wide variety of local landscaping programs and outreach aside from the annual tour. These programs include Garden Sense, the Water Smart Plant Label and the Water Smart Plant Cards. Garden Sense is a free program open to all Sonoma County residents who want to learn how they can transform their landscape to save water. After registering online, a team of Sonoma County Master Gardeners, trained as Garden Sense Consultants, will visit your home to discuss water conservation practices in the landscape. They offer design suggestions, recommend appropriate plants and provide one-on-one assistance to create a garden that is healthy, environmentally sound and beautiful.

The Water Smart Plant Label Program is a plant label program used by local nurseries. The label is intended to highlight locally appropriate low water use plants to nursery customers. Keep your eyes open for the label at your local plant nursery!

Newly updated this year, the Partnership is happy to announce they have updated their popular Water Smart Plant Cards. These plant cards can assist you in picking out the most appropriate plants for your garden. The plant cards contain photos and general information on 50 different plants ranging from ground covers to trees. Make sure to look for the Water Smart Plant Cards at local outreach events or visit www.savingwaterpartnership.org to see where you can pick up your free plant cards!

We look forward to seeing you on this year’s Eco-Friendly Garden Tour! The tour is free, but registration is required at: www.savingwaterpartnership.org/eco-friendly-garden-tour. For free access to computers and the internet, visit your local Sonoma County Library.

 

Contact Information

Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership / Sonoma County Water Agency

Chad Singleton | Water Agency Programs Technician

Chad.Singleton@scwa.ca.gov | (707) 547-1923

 

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