San Carlos Native Plant Habitat Garden
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.
Check this website for updates on planned events, or subscribe to our monthly newsletter to hear about these and other Master Gardener events.
Plants in the Garden:
San Carlos Native Plant Habitat Garden Plant List - Includes detailed plant notes
Animals in the Garden:
Featured this Month
Austin Griffiths Manzanita
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!
Island Pink Yarrow
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.