The Habitat Garden at MAGC
The Habitat Garden has a loose and natural design, which provides food, water and shelter for birds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. It is the location of Exploring Habitats, a science-based educational program taught by UC Marin Master Gardeners, provided for second graders enrolled in local public and private schools throughout the county.
The garden is composed of native and non-native plants, anchored by a grand old English Oak on the eastern end. Vertical layers of plants, from trees and shrubs, to herbaceous plants and groundcovers, provide nuts, seeds, pollen, and nectar year round. Leaf litter provides food and shelter for birds, small animals, ground dwelling insects, and soil microorganisms. The newly refurbished pond is a favorite of birds, dragonflies, and children enrolled in the Exploring Habitats program.
All parts of the garden are subject to frequent browsing by deer and shaded to partly shaded conditions. Cool, shady mornings are a quiet time in the garden, whereas insect activity is greatest during sunny afternoons, a consideration if you’re planning a visit. Of course, a walk through the Habitat Garden is inspiring any time of day!
Photos by Karen Lopez