Charlotte in her garden
Charlotte Torgovitsky is a naturalist, educator, and garden consultant who has lived with her family in Novato for most of the past 30 years. An organic gardener since 1975, she is currently developing her own two-acre property, working in a sustainable and resourceful way with native soils and plants to create gardens that provide for family and friends as well as offering a sanctuary for wildlife. Charlotte’s habitat is one of the gardens featured in the book “The California Wildlife Habitat Garden” by Nancy Bauer (UC Press, 2012).
An avid plant propagator for many years, she is the founder of Home Ground Habitats. Charlotte was Garden Education Manager at the Marin Art and Garden Center from 2001 to 2009, where she created numerous California native gardens as well as educational programs for children and adults.
As an educator, Charlotte has taught Wildlife Friendly Gardening, Plant Propagation, and Home Composting courses at the College of Marin, Adult Community Education. She has also taught Bay-Friendly gardening classes and has been invited to lecture on these subjects at Sonoma State Sustainable Landscaping program, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Tilden Regional Parks, and numerous bay area garden clubs.
Charlotte is the immediate Past President (2014 to 2016) of the Marin chapter of the California Native Plant Society; she is currently the Gardening with Natives chair and the co-chair of the Plant Sale Committee. She is also a member of the Novato Live Well Network board, where she contributes her efforts to the Novato Community Garden Project.
Charlotte's essays and articles have been published in Pacific Horticulture and Marin magazines, as well as the Marin IJ. A number of her essays were included in the book “Gardening Among Friends”, edited by Barbara J. Euser (Solas House, Palo Alto, 2006).