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San Carlos Native Plant Habitat Garden

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Location: 610 Elm St, San Carlos, CA 94070 (Between the San Carlos Library and San Carlos City Hall)

Status: Open to the public

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Douglas iris are creating gorgeous drifts of purple and blue, and incandescent yellow sulphur flower is lighting up the garden. The desert globemallow's soft apricot blossoms are in full bloom.

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Julia Phelps ceanothus with bumble bee; Photo by Cathrin Callas
Julia Phelps ceanothus with bumble bee; Photo by Cathrin Callas


Master Gardeners have created a native habitat garden and ecosystem, designed to be low maintenance, educational, and teeming with life. Native California plants were chosen to create a diverse community that provides food for wildlife, attracting birds, butterflies, and other pollinators.

This 8,000 square foot demonstration garden was developed in partnership with the City of San Carlos.  Started in late 2019, the native habitat garden has many mature plants while it continues to evolve. Its location near the library, city hall, and dog park, provides free and easy access for the community.  

Master Gardener volunteers work at the garden each week and regularly interact with the public. Master Gardeners periodically host public tours, demonstrations, and talks at the garden.

Garden Tours

San Carlos Native Plant Habitat Garden, photo by C. Callas
The San Carlos Native Plant Habitat Garden is always open and the public is invited to drop by and enjoy it. The San Carlos Library Herb Garden is available during Library hours. In addition, guided tours and educational demonstrations are scheduled spring through fall.

Check this website for updates on planned events, or subscribe to our monthly newsletter to hear about these and other Master Gardener events.

You can grow natives, too!

Thinking about starting your own native garden, or enhancing your garden with natives? See our California Native Gardening page for inspiration and resources.

Bloom chart - Updated March, 2024

March 2024 update: Since September, 2023, we have recorded how much bloom is showing: Some, Half and Full bloom. The latest charts are color-coded with this additional information.

Are you planning a native garden and want to create a colorful display? We have recorded bloom times since the garden began, and have created a chart by month for all of the plants in the garden. There are four charts for these color groups: Red/Pink, Orange/Yellow, White/Cream, and Blue/Lavender/Purple. Please see: Bloom Times by Color Group

Seasonal Garden Highlights

There's always something of interest in the garden. This schedule highlights when some of the plants start their show:

  • January: Early manzanitas, early currants.
  • February: Manzanitas, early ceanothus.
  • March: Redbud, cleveland sage, California poppy.
  • April: Ceanothus, irises, blue-eyed grass, coral bells, bulbs.
  • May: Yarrows, California fuchsias, matilija poppy, gum plant, toyon, lupines.
  • June: Coyote mint, buckwheats, bush mallows.
  • July-November: Many plants continue blooming through fall, including: Monkeyflower, California fuchsias, sages, yarrows, buckwheats, and coyote mint.
  • December: Toyon shows off its bright red berries, some fall bloomers continue.


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