Since January 1997, our goal is to show our visitors that California native plants can not only be drought tolerant, but that they are also beautiful and can be incorporated into the home landscape. When you visit the garden, you will see natives that can be used as lawn substitutes, attract wildlife and beneficial insects, have medicinal and cultural uses, and that are also edible. River-friendly natives and Arboretum All-Stars can also be found here.
The garden collection has over 150 species of native plants from numerous California regions. Some of our favorite natives include the early spring bloomers such as the Ray Hartman ceanothus and western redbud. Other stunning natives include the mid- to late-spring blooms of our sage collection, a variety of summer-blooming California fuchsias, our bee-attracting buckwheats, and our fall-blooming asters and goldenrods. Wildlife is always abundant in our garden and on any given day, you might catch sight of a red-breasted sapsucker, Anna's hummingbird, American goldfinch, dark-eyed juncos, black and gold carpenter bees, and numerous species of native solitary bees.
The California Native Plant Demonstration Garden is located in the southeast corner of the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery along Riverside Boulevard. [map link]. The main entrance is on 10th and Broadway. To reach our garden, enter the main entrance and head east (directly toward Target on the small interior road. Follow this road as it turns to the south along Riverside Blvd. The Demonstration Garden is at the end of this road as it begins to turn west. You will see our sign at this corner [here is a cemetery map to help you].
You can also find us online on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CaliforniaNativePlantGarden. Go to our page and there you will find the latest garden news, related native plant gardening articles, photos albums that show off the beauty of the Garden throughout the year, and more.
Our volunteers are critical component of our operations and are the reason why we have the largest California native plant garden in the City of Sacramento. Volunteering in our garden is educational, fun, and rewarding and our volunteers are involved in a unique botanical and cultural resource in the region. Depending upon your interests, you will have the opportunity to learn about native plants, meet new people, enhance your professional skills, and take home free native plants for your own gardening projects.
Volunteers should be dressed for the season, bring gardening gloves, hat, and sunscreen and be prepared to have fun learning about native plants while digging in the dirt!