Native Wildflower Garden

Explore the BriarPatch Native Wildflower Garden at all its stages. There is always something to discover!

Native Wildflower Garden in bloomA Partnership
The Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society adopted the retention basin of the BriarPatch Co-op landscape at the start of 2007 in order to establish a native plant demonstration garden. The garden is a place for the community to visit and to relax, to take a stroll and learn about native plants. In the garden, you can see the beauty of native plants and their adaptability for use in landscaping.
Local native plants are adapted to the conditions of the soil and climate, making them easy to grow and likely to succeed. Being naturally adapted translates into minimal requirements for supplemental water, fertilizer, and maintenance… and into saving money.
Native plants are necessary for all native wildlife. They help the local pollinators, as many insects depend on specific native flowers and plants for food and to lay their eggs.
In addition, the retention basin serves to catch, filter, and percolate all runoff before it leaves the site, thus ensuring better water quality for the community.

The Garden Vision
• To showcase locally native plants suitable for gardens and landscapes.
• A place for wildflower and native plant field trips and other educational events.
• To use the plants in the garden as mother stock for cuttings and seed to propagate local genotype plants (by local growers) for Redbud Chapter’s semiannual native plant sales.

Native Plants: Good for Wildlife, Good for the Environment
Approach: To develop the garden in stages, with phases of planting, hardscaping and maintenance, guided by the ebb and flow of the seasons and the natural progression of the basin as the plants get established and grow.
Who does the work? The community is asked to sponsor various aspects to fulfill the garden requirements. Thus far, 45 volunteers, from age 3 up, have helped to shape the garden from planting and weeding to trail building and sign installation. Fifteen tons of donated crushed rock and fines creates a pathway to be used around the garden rain or shine!

Future Plans
Additional informative signage, shade stucture, picnic table, benches, native lawn, garbage & recycling receptacles, doggie station, native rocks, and more great looking species of locally native plants.
What can you do? Walk the pathway and enjoy the area. Contribute at customer service to sponsor future items. Join the gardening team to meet great people, learn something new, get outside and get some exercise while creating a beautiful public garden!