Native Plant Garden

The Native Plant Garden is located adjacent to the American River Parkway Foundation office, better known as the “Streng Volunteer Center,” at 5700 Arden Way in Carmichael, CA within William B. Pond Park.

We’re Growing in 2019!

Our Native Plant Demonstration Garden, located adjacent to our office, is getting a refresh in 2019. The newly designed garden will feature 6 plant zones, which you can replicate in your own backyard:

  • Zone 1 – Audubon Area (bird-attracting foraging plants)
  • Zone 2 – Pollinator Paradise (butterfly and bee-attracting)
  • Zone 3 – Lilac Grove (multiple ceanothus varieties, buffer edge from levee)
  • Zone 4 – Redbud Forest (Cercis groupings near arbor with a complimentary native GC)
  • Zone 5 – Scrub Understory (Natives under large oak, mulch clearings with informal log seating, pipevine, etc)
  • Zone 6 – Manzanita Area (A few specimen manzanita with low-growing varieties)

Thank you to Topia Concepts Landscape Architecture, NeoTeric Design Group, and Grounded for graciously donating their services to transform our garden. If you are interested in assisting with our transformation, please contact Justino Santana at jsantana@arpf.org or (916) 486-2773.

Location
The Native Plant Garden is located adjacent to the American River Parkway Foundation office, better known as the “Streng Volunteer Center,” at 5700 Arden Way in Carmichael, CA within William B. Pond Park.

History
In 2007, with the help of the Sacramento Suburban Water District and Carmichael Water District, the American River Parkway Foundation created a Native Plant Demonstration Garden. The garden consists of plants native to the American River Parkway and the greater Sacramento Region with a strong emphasis on water conservation.

Purpose
A native plant garden conserves water and promotes the beauty of our natural ecosystem. Many of the plants native to the Sacramento Region are adapted to long periods of drought and intense heat. Visitors are encouraged to explore the garden and observe various native plant species, which can also be utilized in residential landscapes.

Benefits of Native Plant Gardens in our area:

  • Reduces water consumption in residential areas and decreases utility costs
  • Supports the native wildlife of our region
  • Reduces water withdrawals from the American River watershed
  • Promotes the beauty of native California plants
  • Limits the spread of invasive plants within the Sacramento area
  • Reduces the amount of chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides used in traditional landscaping

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