Marin-Friendly Garden in Mill Valley
The garden at The Redwoods senior community is located on Marin Audubon Society land along Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio (Corte Madera Creek). Fiona Dunbar, the garden programs coordinator, has her soil-covered hands full with managing everything from many eager resident and community volunteers, to what to plant, where and when. The garden is comprised of 15 large raised beds, 12 of which are for organic edibles and three for cutting flowers. The beds are waist height (no bending required). There’s a small but productive orchard with plum, apple, citrus, persimmon and pomegranate trees. Wide and flat crushed gravel paths let visitors easily navigate the garden. The perimeter of the garden is lined with drought-tolerant species including natives and succulents, as well as plants to attract pollinators. The majority of the plants are irrigated using drip irrigation and the rest are hand watered.
This garden not only harvests edibles and cut flowers but rain too! There are three rain barrels that collectively hold 165 gallons used for hand watering. Almost all the plants are started by seed in the greenhouse and the soil is kept top notch with a three-bin compost system and worm compost system. All the hard work pays off when the garden produces anywhere from 30-100 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables per week throughout the entire year, all of which is consumed onsite by the residents of The Redwoods. The garden is also a popular site for events and serves as a community resource for volunteer workers and families.
Take a video tour of this Marin-Friendly garden below and scroll down for more photos. Explore more Marin-Friendly gardens at: marinwater.org/GardenTour