Objectives and Design
Welcome to The Marsh, a man made freshwater wetland located within the Sherwood Demonstration Garden. The Marsh was planned to represent a natural water garden in Northern California. The marsh demonstrates effective and successful landscaping in a seasonally wet and dry location. We have selected plants for marsh health as well as plants that can withstand wet and dry conditions. We have encouraged natives while satisfying the need for ornamental. Although irrigation has been installed, established plants will tap into the ground water during summer months. Irrigation becomes a necessity during a drought to maintain a healthy marsh. The marsh water is supplied by an underground spring. Fresh water marshes are one of the most productive ecosystems on the earth. They can sustain an array of plants that in turn support a variety of wildlife within a wetland ecosystem. As a result, marshes sustain a diversity of life that is disproportionate with their size. In addition to the habitat value, fresh water marshes serve to mitigate flood damage and filter excess nutrients from surface runoff.
The marsh has a variety of soft-stemmed plants like sedges, grasses, bulrushes and wetland wildflowers. The Marsh is alive with native wildlife. To date some wildlife sightings include toads, frogs, blue heron, geese, mallard ducks, hawks and killdeer
The Marsh is an educational garden ready to assist the community with understanding ecosystems, sustainability, invasive and aquatic weeds, insects, mollusks and microbial and water borne disease. Marsh volunteers practice IPM, Integrated Pest Management when dealing with invasive species. We encourage the community to take a look at our educational points and to visit The Marsh.
- Types of Marshes
- Playa Lakes, Wet Meadows, Prairie Potholes and Vernal Pools
- Seasonal water, ground water and flood mitigation
- Ecosystem interaction
- Wildlife attraction and food source
- Integrating wildlife and aquatic wildlife
- IPM Integrated Pest Management
- Aquatic weeds
- Microbial and water borne disease
- Insect and mollusks
Even in July there is a lot happening in the Marsh.We planted two new plants that are showing off right now. Mimulus 'Jelly Bean', a type of Sticky Monkey Flower has dark pink flowers. It also cones in yellow and orange. The other is Mimulus Cardinalis or Scarlet Monkey Flower that has a bright red-orange flower. Both give the garden a pop of color. We are looking forward to it maturing and mixing in with the other mimulus around the Marsh. Also in bloom right now is the Button Willow and the Yellowtwig dogwood. It looks beautiful paired with the variegated leaves of the Redtwig dogwood.