Steven Swain, Horticulture Advisor
Staff: Peggy Mathers and Vicki Jimenez
The Urban Horticulture Program provides integrated landscape management information and education to the professional landscape industry, and to homeowners through the Master Gardener Program.
Walking gardens to save water
Therapeutic options for treating sudden oak death
Homeowners collaborate on watershed planning
San Geronimo Valley residents live in a beautifully forested watershed that supports coho salmon and steelhead trout. More than 40 of these community members participated in the San Geronimo Valley Landowner Assistance Program to contribute to the continued stewardship of the watershed one parcel at a time. These participants received individual parcel plans for landscaping, forest care, and stream stewardship. Additionally, they and other community members participated in public workshops where speakers demonstrated options for stream and creek care and shared local resources for native plants and other materials. Landowner Assistance Program Partners, including San Geronimo Valley Planning Group, Prunuske Chatham Inc., Marin Department of Public Works, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, continue to be available to provide additional technical support to program participants as well as explore opportunities to financially support stream and watershed stewardship projects.
“I am starting from scratch with planting California natives and the UC Marin Master Gardeners were wonderful. They gave me so much information and guidance and courage to get started.”
- Garden Walk client
“Steven, I was really awed by your incredible talent for diagnosing the problem with our community loved heritage oak. You then carefully explained so much information about the tree and its disease so that the residents could easily understand what was going on. I learned a lot myself - you are a great educator.”
- Homeowner association representative