Firesafe Demo GardenThe FireSafe Demonstration Garden in Healdsburg is a joint project of Sonoma County Master Gardeners, Fire Safe Sonoma, Cal Fire and the Healdsburg Garden Club.
The garden's purpose is to demonstrate to homeowners how to create a landscape design to reduce the risk of serious damage or complete loss if a fire were to sweep through their neighborhood. Or in other words, that it is possible to have a decent garden with low water use and a lower risk of fire damage.
The garden is open to the public during normal business hours. The Fire Safe Demonstration Garden is at 17475 Redwood Highway in Healdsburg, right off the Lytton Springs exit at the Cal Fire station. The station is staffed all summer, but in winter park at the gate and walk up to avoid the risk of being locked into the parking lot.
The roughly 3000 square-foot Urban Garden features plants that are lower water, as well as firesafe, and contains several distinct areas: Olea Europea and Arbutus Unedo will provide canopy and shade. There is a patio garden with Teucrium cossonii, Buddleja davidii, Verbena bonariensis and several types of thyme. The Succulent garden features aloe, agave, euphoria and several sedums. The entire garden is hydro-zoned--that is, the plants are grouped by water needs, and the drip irrigation system is installed aboveground, so visitors can understand its assembly.