Western Native Plant Garden

Plants that grow naturally in an area are inherently adapted to their environment, requiring less care, less water, and fewer chemicals. The Western Native Plant Garden will show the home gardener some of the west’s beautiful native plants along with information about how they can be used in home landscapes. Interpretive signs for each plant will include information about placement and culture and uses other than ornamental (shade, edible, birds, etc.) as well as eventual height, width, and color.

Preliminary goals for the Western Native Plant Garden include:

  • Offering plants for viewing and as much information as possible on interpretive cards
  • Providing a showy border along the fence by Watergap Road
  • Supplying information about natives for birds and wildlife and developing a program for kids to sculpt native animals (topiary, recycled, straw, etc.)

Garden Progression Photo Gallery

The first section of this garden (currently being planted) will be next to the fence to showcase some of this area’s beauties. The plant list for this area will include:

For Some Screening and Garden Bordering:

  • Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens)
  • Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata)
  • Incense Cedar (Calocedrus decurrens)

For Spring Color:

  • California Buckeye (Aesculus californica)
  • California “Lilac” (Ceanothus)
  • Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium)
  • Red-Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum)
  • Redbud (Cercis occidentlalis)

For Summer Color:

  • California “Lilac” (Ceanothus)
  • Sulfur Flower (Eriogonum)
  • Ocean Spray (Holodiscus)
  • Lupine (Lupinus)
  • Western Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana demissa)

For Fall Color:

  • Vine Maple (Acer circinatum)
  • Western Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana demissa)
  • California Fuchsia (Zauschneria)
  • Ocean Spray (Holodiscus discolor)

Western Native Plant Species Photo Gallery

A note to our visitors: Our gardens are still in their infancy at this time. The rocks and trees in our Rock Garden and Western Native Garden are the “bones” of our botanic gardens which will be augmented with time, additional finances, and the completion of Forestfarm Nursery‘s move to Pacifica. In the meantime, we welcome you to enjoy the ambience and wild landscape that Pacifica provides! You can also take advantage of the “Botanical Garden in pots” provided by Forestfarm at Pacifica.

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” ~
Gertrude Jekyll