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Home Ground Habitats Nursery & Gardens, Novato, CA

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.

Biodiversity Nursery Tour March 18

Biodiversity Nursery Tour March 18

On Saturday, March 18, 2023, we invite you to an in-person guided tour of Home Ground Habitats nursery and gardens led by our Founder, Charlotte Torgovitsky. Participants will learn: How to select and cultivate native plants appropriate for your yard The benefits of...

We have had a busy and productive year at Home Ground!

We have had a busy and productive year at Home Ground!

Much of the work of propagating the plants we provide to others is accomplished by our terrific group of dedicated volunteers. During our twice monthly volunteer sessions we have been propagating a huge and unique selection of habitat plants; both California natives...

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