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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

Julia Phelps Ceanothus

Botanical Name: Ceanothus 'Julia Phelps' (see-an-OH-thus)

Family Name: Buckthorn (Rhamnaceae)

As the manzanitas finish blooming, the ceanothus take over. Most often, they are deep blue to pale blue, sometimes white. The Julia Phelps variety is particularly striking. We have a 'Snow Flurry' ceanothus that's a pure white. We also have some unknown varieties, apparently planted by birds. Some of them have large, deep blue flowers. Although most ceanothus prefer full sun, one volunteer is growing in shade under a stairwell. You can find ceanothus to suit many areas in the garden. Some are very low growing, while others are tall enough to play the role of small trees in your landscape.


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