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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 Administration Buildings at City Hall)

Status: Open to the public

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.

Featured this Month

Austin Griffiths Manzanita

Austin Griffiths Manzanita, photo by C. Callas
Austin Griffiths Manzanita, photo by C. Callas
Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos 'Austin Griffiths' (ark-toh-STAF-ih-los)

Family Name: Heath (Ericaceae)

Many manzanitas start blooming in winter. In the habitat garden, we usually see blooms from December into March. Plant more than one variety for a succession of bloom - the hummingbirds will enjoy them!

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Island Pink Yarrow

Island Pink Yarrow in January, photo by C. Callas
Island Pink Yarrow in January, photo by C. Callas
Botanical Name: Achillea millefolium 'Island Pink' (uh-KILL-ee-a mill-ee-FOH-lee-um)
Family Name: Sunflower (Asteraceae)

This yarrow from the Channel Islands blooms over a very long period (this year, February through January). The bright pink flower heads fade to white as they age, and the attractive, low ferny foliage is evergreen. This photo was taken after a heavy rain storm -- and it also bloomed right through a 109° heat wave.

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