1. w e l c o m e to La Plaza GardenA Water-EfficientDemonstrationGarden in theheart of Cotati,featuring drought-tolerant plants,water harvestingtechniques, andhabitat for birds,butterflies andbeneficial insects.
2. water-efficient GardeninGLa Plaza Garden is a water-efficient demonstration garden thatconserves valuable resources. In a time of drought and rising energy Educational Resourcescosts, re-thinking how we design our landscapes has never beenmore important. Drought Tolerant and Insectary Plants:Growing in this garden are examples of beautiful, drought-tolerant, Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates of the San Francisco Bay Regionprimarily native landscaping that is long lasting, locally available, and by The East Bay Municipal Water District, 2004easy to grow. Sunset Western Garden BookBy using climate-appropriate plants, deep mulching, and porous Sunset Publishing Corporationpathways, we have created a “water harvesting” landscape or“living sponge” that allows water to infiltrate the soil throughout The Melissa Garden, a Honeybee Sanctuary: www.themelissagarden.comthe garden, thus recharging the aquifer and giving plants a waterresource during the dry summer months. In addition, as plant roots California Native Plants:grow and soil life increases, the soil’s ability to infiltrate and holdwater steadily improves. California Native Plants for the Garden by Carol Bornstein, David Fross and Bart O’Brien; Cachuma Press, 2005Conservation techniques used in the garden: California Native Plant Link Exchange:• Organic matter added to the soil – holds moisture, adds fertility, www.cnplx.info stores nutrients, boosts soil life, fluffs soil California Native Plant Society:• Deep mulching – slows evaporation, cools soil, adds fertility, www.cnps.org boosts soil life, smothers weeds Larner Seeds:• Dense plantings – shade soil, smother weeds www.larnerseeds.com Las Pilitas / extensive native plant information:• Decomposed granite pathways – allow water to penetrate www.laspilitas.com through to the soil below• Soil contouring or earthworks – catches water, directs water Water Harvesting: where needed, helps plants and soil life survive both wet and dry Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, periods, builds humus, adds visual interest Volumes 1 and 2 by Brad Lancaster; Rainsource Press, 2008Earthwork methods used in the garden: Brad Lancaster’s information-packed website: www.harvestingrainwater.com• Dry Creek Bed – an attractive rock-lined V-ditch that moves surface run-off to a catch basin Compost and mulch:• Infiltration Basin – rock-lined catch basin to catch excess surface Sonoma Compost: water run-off and infiltrate into soil www.sonomacompost.com• Gravel-filled Trenches – a means of infiltrating water more deeply Bay Friendly Gardening: into the garden beds, rather than allowing it to run off site into www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=8 storm drains Permaculture:It is important to: Gaia’s Garden, A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway; Chelsea Green Publishing, 2000• Slow water down to take velocity out of the flow, and to allow water to infiltrate into soil rather than run off site into storm drains. Food Not Lawns, How to Turn Your Yard Into a Garden and Your Neighborhood Into a Community• Size ditches and catch basin structures appropriately to handle by Heather C. Flores; Chelsea Green Publishing, 2006 rainwater volume. Occidental Arts and Ecology Center:• Use existing storm drains for back up flow in large water volume www.oaec.org rain events. Regenerative Design Institute: www.regenerativedesign.org
3. a toUr of tHe Garden 2. Shade Garden: Woodland understory plants that tolerate shade and need OL D little moisture once established. RE DW OO E Anemone japonica (Japanese Anemone) NU D E AV HI * Aquilegia (Columbine) GH RA 1 ER WA SI 2 * Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Northern Lights’ (Hair Grass) Y T Bus ES W Shelter 7 Erigeron karvinskianus (Mexican Daisy) 5 Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff ) 6 Gaultheria shallon (Salal) 4 3 * Heuchera sanguinea (Coral Bells) * Iris douglasiana (Douglas Iris) LA PLAZA * Mahonia aquifolium ‘Skylark’ (Oregon Grape) Phormium cookianum ‘Tricolor’ (Mountain Flax) * Penstemon strictus (Rocky Mountain Penstemon)1. Rain Garden with Dry Creekbed: * Polystichum munitum (Western Sword Fern)Plants that can tolerate drought as well as having their * Ribes sanguineum (Red Flowering Currant)“feet wet.” * Ribes viburnifolium (Catalina Perfume) * Salvia clevelandii (Cleveland Sage) Achillea millefolium ‘Moonshine’ (Yarrow) * Salvia spathacea (Hummingbird Sage)* Andropogon scoparius (Little Bluestem) * Satureja douglasii (Yerba Buena) Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (Feather Reed Grass)* Carex barbarae (Santa Barbara Sedge) 3. Mediterranean Garden: Eragrostis trichodes (Sand Lovegrass) Soft colored plants in blues and greys with yellow accents. Erigeron karvinskianus (Mexican Daisy) Hardy and drought tolerant plants with seasonal interest. Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’ (Blue Fescue) Helianthemum ‘Cheviot’ (Sunrose) Achillea millefolium ‘Moonshine’ (Yarrow) Helianthemum ‘Henfield Brilliant’ (Sunrose) Artemesia ‘Powis Castle’ (Artemisia) Helianthemum nummularium ‘Double Apricot’ Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (Sunrose) (Feather Reed Grass)* Iris douglasiana (Douglas Iris) * Cercis occidentalis (Western Redbud) Muhlenbergia capillaris ‘Regal Mist’ (Pink Muhly) Cistus ladanifer (Crimson-spot Rockrose) Pennisetum orientale (Fountain Grass) Cistus salvifolius (Sageleaf Rockrose) Phormium cookianum ‘Tricolor’ (Mountain Flax) Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’ (Blue Fescue)* Salvia apiana (California White Sage) Heliotrichon sempervirons (Blue Oat Grass) Stachys byzantina (Lambs Ears) Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender) Limonium californicum (Western Marsh-Rosemary) Nassella tenuissima (Mexican Feather Grass) Pennisetum orientale (Fountain Grass) Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)* = California native plants * Salvia clevelandii (Cleveland Sage)
4. 4. Mimosa Garden: 6. Oak Garden:Simple planting that’s easy to maintain and looks good Habitat garden for birds and butterflies.all year. Achillea millefolium ‘Moonshine’ (Yarrow) Albizia julibrissin (Silk Tree, Mimosa) * Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Howard McMinn’ Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender) (Vine Hill Manzanita) Muhlenbergia capillaris ‘Regal Mist’ (Pink Muhly) Cistus salvifolius (Sageleaf Rockrose) * Epilobium canum (California Fuschia) Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ (Wallflower)5. Native Garden: * Festuca californica (California Fescue)California native plants that grow wild in Sonoma and Marin Helianthemum ‘Cheviot’ (Sunrose)counties, surrounding the Chief Cotati statue and honoring Helianthemum ‘Henfield Brilliant’ (Sunrose)the contribution that Native Americans made to the fertility Helianthemum nummularium ‘Double Apricot’of our landscapes through their stewardship of the land. (Sunrose)* Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Howard McMinn’ * Iris douglasiana (Douglas Iris) (Vine Hill Manzanita) Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender)* Arctostaphylos ‘Uva Ursi’ (Bearberry, Kinnikinnick) Limonium californicum (Western Marsh-Rosemary)* Ceanothus ‘Dark Star’ or ‘Julia Phelps’ (Wild Lilac) * Mimulus bifidus (Azalea-flowered Monkeyflower)* Ceanothus griseus horizontalis (Wild Lilac) Muhlenbergia capillaris ‘Regal Mist’ (Pink Muhly)* Deschampsia cespitosa (Hair Grass) Nepeta x faassenii (Catmint)* Epilobium canum (California Fuschia) Pennisetum orientale (Fountain Grass)* Eriophyllum stachaedifolium (Lizard Tail) Phormium cookianum ‘Tricolor’ (Mountain Flax)* Festuca californica (California Fescue) * Quercus lobata (Valley Oak)* Festuca idahoensis (Idaho Fescue) Rosemarinus officinalis ‘Tuscan Blue’ (Rosemary)* Iris douglasiana (Douglas Iris) Santolina chamaecyparissus (Lavender Cotton)* Mimulus aurantiacus (Sticky Monkey Flower) Santolina virens (Santolina)* Muhlenbergia rigens (Deer Grass)* Quercus lobata (Valley Oak)* Ribes sanguineum (Red Flowering Currant) 7. Border Garden:* Salvia sonomensis (Sonoma Sage) Simple street planting with seasonal interest.* Sidalcea malviflora (Checkerbloom) * Ceanothus griseus horizontalis (Wild Lilac) * Cercis occidentalis (Western Redbud) * Deschampsia cespitosa (Hair Grass) Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender) Muhlenbergia capillaris ‘Regal Mist’ (Pink Muhly) For further information about the design and planting of this garden, and additional resources, please visit the City of Cotati website at: http://ci.cotati.ca.us/
5. Sonoma County plant sourcesfor your water-efficient garden city of cotati 201 West Sierra AvenueFor a more complete list, please visit http://ci.cotati.ca.us/ Cotati CA 94931-4217California Flora Nursery2990 Somers Street, Fulton; 707-528-8813www.calfloranursery.comCottage Gardens of Petaluma3995 Emerald Drive, Petaluma; 707-778-8025www.cottagegardensofpet.comDig Nursery8567 Gravenstein Highway, Cotati; 707-795-7825Emerisa Gardens555 Irwin Lane, Santa Rosa; 707-525-9644 MAILING PANELwww.emerisagardens.comLowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse7921 Redwood Drive, Cotati; 707-242-5000www.lowes.comMariposa Nursery (open by appointment)672 Piezzi Road, Santa Rosa; 707-546-4386Mostly Natives Nursery27235 Highway One, Tomales; 707-878-2009www.mostlynatives.comNorth Coast Native Nursery2710 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma; 707-769-1213www.northcoastnativenursery.comUrban Tree Farm Nursery3010 Fulton Road, Fulton; 707-544-4446www.urbantreefarm.com