WaterWise Demo Garden
The Sonoma Waterwise Garden was designed by Master Gardeners to demonstrate principles of sustainable landscapes, with an emphasis on water conservation. The garden in highlighted by water wise native plants, shrubs, perennials, wildflowers and succulents that benefit from the harvesting of rain water. Visitors to the garden learn from the educational signs through the garden.
The garden was originally a collaboration between Sonoma County Master Gardeners, City of Sonoma, Sonoma County Water Agency, and the Sonoma Community Center. Initially completed in the fall of 2009, the garden was officially dedicated on March 13, 2010 by the Mayor of Sonoma as the Maloney Waterwise Demonstration Garden, in honor and memory of the Sonoma family of four that was killed in a tragic auto accident.
At volunteer workdays Master Gardeners demonstrate sustainable methods of garden maintenance and answer questions. We lead educational programs, for the resident elementary school and continue to serve as advisors for maintenance and improvements in the garden. Educational gardening workshops in the garden are coordinated with the Sonoma Community Center.
Tourists and town folk alike enjoy the seasonal changes to the garden. As the wildflowers bloom and the pollinators arrive the garden becomes the place to take a stroll. Many are especially attracted to the succulent gardens at each end of the garden. Seasonal changes to the garden highlight the beauty that can be created while conserving water.
The Waterwise garden is located in front of the Sonoma Community Center in downtown Sonoma, two blocks from the plaza, at 276 E. Napa Street.