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Fire-smart Home Landscape Design Examples

template courtesy of consortium of Sonoma County organizations
template courtesy of consortium of Sonoma County organizations
Landscape Design Templates

A consortium of Sonoma County organizations developed eight front yard landscape templates that demonstrate best practices for creating fire-smart, sustainable, water-wise landscapes. These design templates have generously been made available free of charge for anyone rebuilding after fire or interested in modifying an existing landscape.

View the free front yard landscape templates

Although these templates were designed for residents of Sonoma, they are appropriate for Marin homeowners as well. The designs are:
• ready-to-permit
• in compliance with local and California State Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinances
• scalable for landscapes up to 2,500 square feet.
• inclusive of architectural renderings
• inclusive of cost opinion options

The eight front yard plans are available in two of each of the following styles:

Sonoma Native/Adaptive – an emphasis on native and fire safer plants

Sonoma Eco-Edible – a mix of edible and habitat plantings that maximize sustainability

Sonoma Contemporary – a modern, minimalistic and clean look that is easy to maintain

Sonoma Cottage – a Sonoma version of a cottage garden with natural materials and colorful plantings

View all eight concept plans as a single PDF file here

The UC Marin Master Gardeners are grateful to the following groups for making these templates available:
• UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County (UCMGSC)
• The City of Santa Rosa
• Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC)
• Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA)
• Habitat Corridor Project (HCP)
• California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – Milo Baker Chapter

Similar groups in Marin County will be working on design templates specifically for Marin home gardens.