UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County
University of California
UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County

Native Garden

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Objective and Design

Locally native plants are an important part of sustainable gardening. They are well adapted to our dry summer/wet winter Mediterranean climate. They are also across the board wildlife friendly as they have co-evolved with the local pollinators, insects, birds, and other animals.

At the demonstration garden, we are showcasing those native plants that grow locally and are “garden worthy”. We want visitors to see the great diversity there is in these plants, which is much much larger than the stock at standard nurseries would suggest. We are specifically choosing plants for their aesthetics and, in most cases, their low water use. Some plants using regular water are also included, as representative of plants that can be grown closer to a house in fire prone areas.

In tune with the goal of sustainable gardening, the native plant garden is also hoping to show that rain runoff is a resource that can be captured and used on-site to a great degree. The native plant garden is completely pesticide and fertilizer free, showing an additional advantage of using native plants.

The goal of the garden is to inspire people to include more natives in their own gardens, and to see that they do not need to give up beauty when creating a low water use, wildlife friendly, natural foothill yard. The garden will also be used to show people how to care for native plants, with special consideration given to types of mulch used, and watering schedules used during establishment and later as a mature garden.

Learn more about the Native Garden Educational Points

Native Garden Plant List

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Here is a complete plant list for our Native Plants Garden  

What's New!

Spring is California at her best - California Poppies, Blue Flax, and other wildflowers, blooming Western Redbud,  and Ceanothus. Ma Nature puts on a stunning show. All these and more and be seen in our Native Garden. The rains from our "Miracle March" have made our natives happy.

Blue Flax
Blue Flax

Western Redbud
Western Redbud

Ceanothus 'Dark Star', (California Wild Lilac)
Ceanothus 'Dark Star', (California Wild Lilac)

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