Falkirk Cultural Center
The dramatic Succulent Garden displays succulents from around the world and presents the fascinating variation of forms, colors and textures these plants exhibit. They are low water use and many bloom in winter offering bees and hummingbirds much needed food. Propagation workshops are often held in this garden.
View the Succulent Garden Plant List.
View the Mediterranean Garden Plant List.
The Herb Garden is the newest demonstration garden at Falkirk, and it features beautiful, fragrant herbs. Situated at the greenhouse entry, the garden showcases many familiar culinary favorites as well as some lesser known selections. Visitors learn which herbs deer tend to leave alone – and which need some protecting with cloches or other devices.
Here’s what’s growing in the herb garden.
A number of gardens around the Greenhouse comprise our Habitat Gardens:
The Under Oaks Garden illustrates what to plant under an oak that will flourish.
The California Native Garden is planted with native plants from diverse areas of California are represented here. Most must be deer resistant and low water to survive in this location. The large Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) creates space for a woodland garden. Sunnier spots support various shrubs and perennials which bring color from early spring to late fall. View a list of plants currently in the California Native Garden.
The Beneficial Habitat Garden was designed specifically using plants that promote and attract a wide range of beneficial wildlife and insects and illustrate alternatives to pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and chemical fertilizers.
The California Diversity Garden, showing the diversity of plants suited for a Mediterranean climate, is nestled against the greenhouse.
The Lathe House Garden, directly in front of the greenhouse, is where all the plants are propagated from either seed or cuttings and flower furiously in the summer, offering food for the creatures.
The Border Garden, a garden still in the beginning stages of design, will again be a garden for attracting beneficial creatures.
All the Habitat Gardens contain food, bird/bee watering dishes, bird or insect houses, and spaces for nesting and safety. View the Habitat Gardens Plant List.
The Falkirk greenhouse is a lovely, vintage, working greenhouse, newly renovated entirely by volunteers from Master Gardeners and the public with donations from The City of San Rafael, IBM and Marin Master Gardeners. It is used for propagation and is the growing home for the tomatoes sold in the spring Master Gardener Tomato Sale and also for plants sold in the Annual Friends of Falkirk Gardens sale in May.
For more information email Gail Mason or Jessica Wasserman.
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