Charlotte teaching EFM Biodiversity Class at the Home Ground Habitats outdoor classroom in Novato.
We now sell our seeds online!

Organic Plant Nursery and Educational Center in Novato

Home Ground Habitats is located in Indian Valley, the ‘horse country’ area of Marin; large old ranchettes, open spaces, and networks of horseback and hiking trails all close by. On our nearly one acre we have gardens that are vibrantly alive and beautiful. Butterflies, bees, and birds abound, bringing the natural world to a landscape that also provides sustenance for humans. Our Education Center offers Plant Propagation Classes.

The demonstration gardens at Home Ground showcase a sustainable, organic approach to creating a truly California-friendly landscape using native plants and drought-tolerant Mediterranean species to increase the bio-diversity. Winding gravel pathways lead to hedgerows, wildflower meadows, a small fruit orchard, a vegetable garden, edible and medicinal California natives, pollinator plants, a ‘Monarch Way Station, and numerous larval host plants for other common garden butterflies. The whole property is a ‘pesticide free zone’. Our garden and nursery sells seeds and seedlings and is open by appointment only.

2024 Eco-Friendly Garden Tour

2024 Eco-Friendly Garden Tour

Save the date: Saturday, May 18th Home Ground Habitats will once again participate in the annual 2024 Eco-Friendly Garden Tour. The Eco-Friendly Garden Tour is a public outreach and education program that promotes sustainable landscaping practices by showcasing...

Now Open Wednesday Afternoons

Now Open Wednesday Afternoons

We are excited to announce that Home Ground Habitats is now open to the public on Wednesdays. In addition to our Plant Sales and Events, we are now open for you to visit us Wednesdays from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. We are located at: 1875 Indian Valley Rd., Novato, CA Please...

Winter 2024 WAL Class registration now open

Winter 2024 WAL Class registration now open

Registration is open for the upcoming WAL class series at Marin College Series : Watershed Approach to Landscaping Winter 2024 A series of classes based on the Watershed Approach to Landscaping philosophy with the purpose of engaging the public in current thinking on...

PLANT OF THE MONTH

 

Baccharis pilularis var. consanguineum – Coyote Bush

Baccharis pilularis var. consanguineum – Coyote Bush

This California native shrub grows in all sorts of plant communities in our wild lands and is also a valuable shrub in a habitat garden sanctuary. Studies have shown that this plant provides resources for more than 400 species of insects! In late summer, when the...

California Poppy
A habitat-focused landscaping resource for the North Bay
photo: NPS

Our Mission

 

Our mission is to be the North Bay Area’s leading habitat-focused landscaping resource. We are a nonprofit, volunteer run growing grounds and educational center, committed to engaging, promoting, and supporting sustainable, California-appropriate landscaping.

Propagating starts
A thriving native plant growing ground
photo: Laura Lovett