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Fern Leaf Phaceia (Phacelia tanacetifolia)

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.

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’. Open by appointment only.

Home Ground Launch Day May 14, 2022

Home Ground Launch Day May 14, 2022

Home Ground Habitats Nursery Tour Register now for our Launch Day Tour Date & Time: May 14, 2022 from 10 AM to 4 PM This outdoor event features: Garden Tour Walks Plant and Seed Sale (Cash/Check ONLY) Short Talks and Demonstrations Nursery visitation by...

Collecting Seeds

Collecting Seeds

As a propagator, I often try different approaches to germinating seeds of certain species. Sometimes I get such a definitely positive response to one pre-treatment method, that it becomes the one I’ll always use—like soaking toyon seeds for just one hour before...

Creating a Personal Ecosphere

Creating a Personal Ecosphere

While out walking the trails and open spaces in various parts of Marin County, I’m often astonished at how certain native plants can grow and adapt very nicely to a variety of exposures, habitats, and communities. Coffeeberries, for example, grows in shady California...

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