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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

California Fuchsia

Photo by Cathrin Callas
Photo by Cathrin Callas
Botanical Name: Epilobium canum

This is fall color, California-style! Our California Fuchsias are still lighting up the garden. This is our wild one -- the original species from which the rest came. Another variety, Everett's Choice, has the same flowers but is low growing and it's also blooming like crazy. If you like softer colors, we also have Marin Pink and Sierra Salmon, selected varieties that are upright like the species.  If you want hummingbirds, plant California Fuchsia.

For more: Plant Notes for Everett's Choice and Marin Pink.

Seasonal Garden Highlights

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

  • January: Early manzanitas, early currants.
  • February: Manzanitas, early ceanothus.
  • March: Reedbud, 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.

After June, many plants continue blooming through fall, including: Monkeyflower, California fuchsias, sages, yarrows, buckwheats, and coyote mint.

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