Falkirk Cultural Center
Enjoy & learn from Falkirk's climate-conscious demonstration gardens:
〉Mediterranean Climate Garden
A showcase of practical AND attractive garden ideas
UC Marin Master Gardeners, in partnership with Falkirk Cultural Center, the City of San Rafael, and Marin Municipal Water District have created several demonstration gardens to be used for public education through seminars, workshops and work parties in the gardens for hands-on learning. These gardens illustrate many useful and scientifically-based practices such as using berms and swales for water conservation, various forms of irrigation, low water-use plantings, a variety of mulches, composting and hydro-zoning, and planting to promote beneficial creatures in your garden. They also exemplify how beautiful gardens can be when following these practices!
View the Succulent Garden Plant List.
Mediterranean Climate Garden
View the Mediterranean Garden Plant List.
The Moon Garden
The Xeriscape Garden
A very small garden on the edge of the California Native Garden, this tiny area was installed and planted with no irrigation and is a demonstration of plants that exist on rain water alone. It demonstrates the fact that there are, indeed, some plants that will truly survive our droughts.
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 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. 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.
A sheet mulching demonstration project to enlarge the California Native Garden began in June 2021. Today the soil is weed-free, fertile, and ready for planting. Sheet mulching involves shutting out all light to the soil with layers of heavy cardboard, paper, and mulch. The site must be kept moist, a drought problem the volunteer team creatively addressed using reclaimed water available through the Marin Municipal Water District.
Learn more about the benefits of California native plants.
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.
For more information
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