Sonoma Garden Park
SONOMA GARDEN PARK IS LOCATED ON THE east side of Sonoma. Pauline Bond, a retired schoolteacher, donated the 6+-acre parcel in the 1970s to the city. It lay unused until 1993 when it was leased to the Sonoma Ecology Center for a demonstration farm and garden.
When first approaching the Garden Park, the visitor is greeted by the Grandmother Oak, the oldest Valley Oak in Sonoma Valley. It is home to many species of birds. The Garden is alive with birds for Sonoma birders to view. As you continue to walk through the garden from left to right, you will see Straw Bale Barn, a place for gathering, for adult workshops and a Saturday Harvest Market.
The front garden next to the Barn is a low water demonstration garden newly planted with drought tolerant and Mediterranean plants. Then the Fig Forest is a one-of-a-kind enclosure of old fig trees. It is a popular spot especially on hot summer days. It’s popular for classes, music, weddings, picnicking and tree climbing for the youngest visitors.
The Ecology Center has several native plant nurseries near the back of the Garden that grow the plants used in restoration projects throughout the county. The chickens are a delight for small visitors and provide eggs for the Harvest Market. The bee-hives are the stars of bee workshops and honey production. The back Orchard yields vast amounts of tasty peaches and apples. In front of the Orchard there are over 30 Family Gardens tended by people from the community.
The Crop Circle was the original garden area for food production. Although new larger
The Discovery Trail with bird, bee and butterfly kiosks winds through the Garden. In the center of the Family Gardens is the Children’s Garden. Master Gardeners welcome over 650 young gardeners every spring, summer and fall. The children plant, tend and harvest according to the season. There Master Gardeners are able to teach sound gardening practices, an ecological awareness, nutrition and mastery of gardening skills. The Children’s Garden is a popular child-friendly outdoor classroom for Sonoma area children.
The Mission of Sonoma Garden Park is to demonstrate sound practices, create a beautiful park, and inspire the spirit of community. There an agricultural heritage is valued and shared with the people, young and old, of Sonoma Valley.