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Falkirk Cultural Center

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Marin Master Gardeners, in partnership with Falkirk Cultural Center, the City of San Rafael, and Marin Municipal Water District have created several demonstration gardens to be used for public education through seminars, workshops and work parties in the gardens for hands-on learning.  Plants are labeled with signage describing various elements in the gardens. These gardens illustrate many useful and scientifically based practices such as using berms and swales for water conservation, various forms of irrigation, low water-use plantings, a variety of mulches, composting and hydro-zoning, and planting to promote beneficial creatures in your garden.  They also exemplify how beautiful gardens can be when following these practices!

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The dramatic Succulent Garden displays succulents from around the world and presents the fascinating variation of forms, colors and textures these plants exhibit.  They are low water use and many bloom in winter offering bees and hummingbirds much needed food. Propagation workshops are often held in this garden. 
View the Succulent Garden Plant List.


Meditteranean Plant Garden
The abundant Mediterranean Climate Garden is divided into the five geographic areas in the world that share our Mediterranean climate; parts of Australia, the tip of South Africa, central Chile, the Mediterranean Basin of Europe and North Africa and California/Baja. We are part of the lucky 2% of the world's land area that has our climate of temperate wet winters and dry summers. Stroll through the garden by country and see the plants we can grow in our gardens that are non-invasive but originate in these other countries!  Most of these plants are very low water use and are a huge draw for beneficial birds and insects. 
View the Mediterranean Garden Plant List.

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Falkirk herb garden

The Herb Garden is the newest demonstration garden at Falkirk, and it features beautiful, fragrant herbs. Situated at the greenhouse entry, the garden showcases many familiar culinary favorites as well as some lesser known selections. Visitors learn which herbs deer tend to leave alone – and which need some protecting with cloches or other devices.

Here’s what’s growing in the herb garden

A number of gardens around the Greenhouse comprise our Habitat Gardens:

The Under Oaks Garden illustrates what to plant under an oak that will flourish.

Under Oaks Garden

The California Native Garden is planted with native plants from diverse areas of California are represented here. Most must be deer resistant and low water to survive in this location. The large Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) creates space for a woodland garden. Sunnier spots support various shrubs and perennials which bring color from early spring to late fall. View a list of plants currently in the California Native Garden.

The Beneficial Habitat Garden was designed specifically using plants that promote and attract a wide range of beneficial wildlife and insects and illustrate alternatives to pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and chemical fertilizers.

Beneficial Habitat Garden

The California Diversity Garden, showing the diversity of plants suited for a Mediterranean climate, is nestled against the greenhouse.
Cottage Garden

The Lathe House Garden, directly in front of the greenhouse, is where all the plants are propagated from either seed or cuttings and flower furiously in the summer, offering food for the creatures.
Lathe House Garden

The Border Garden, a garden still in the beginning stages of design, will again be a garden for attracting beneficial creatures.

All the Habitat Gardens contain food, bird/bee watering dishes, bird or insect houses, and spaces for nesting and safety.  View the Habitat Gardens Plant List.

Border Garden

The Falkirk greenhouse is a lovely, vintage, working greenhouse, newly renovated entirely by volunteers from Master Gardeners and the public with donations from The City of San Rafael, IBM and Marin Master Gardeners. It is used for propagation and is the growing home for the tomatoes sold in the spring Master Gardener Tomato Sale and also for plants sold in the Annual Friends of Falkirk Gardens sale in May.

For more information email Gail Mason or Jessica Wasserman.

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