Our demonstration gardens show how to effectively integrate native plants and other water-conserving ideas into your landscape design.

Lucie Stern Community Center
1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

In 2010, we partnered with the City of Palo Alto to create a demonstration garden at the Lucie Stern Community Center. This project was sponsored by Lyngso, the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency, EarthCare Landscaping, the Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening Coalition, and members of the community. Grassroots Ecology holds periodic free public workshops at the garden demonstrating sustainable landscaping practices and native plant maintenance techniques.


Ecohome Native Meadow
1120 Hopkins Avenue, Palo Alto

Community volunteers helped plant a native meadow next to Palo Alto’s EcoHome in 2011. Visitors to the EcoHome learned about ways to save energy and live more sustainably. Its landscaping included drought-tolerant bunchgrasses, and flowering shrubs that are a low-water, low-energy complement to the EcoHome. The EcoHome is a portable structure that has moved to a new location, but our landscaping can still be seen in front off Hopkins in front of the Girl Scout House near Rinconada Park.


Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) Science Resource Center
Located on the bike path between the JLS tennis courts and entrance to Hoover School

 In 2011, a parent from the school district designed a native demonstration garden for the PAUSD Science Resource Center between JLS Middle School and Hoover Elementary School. We worked with community volunteers to plant the garden, which showcases native plants from different habitat types: riparian, chaparral, and grassland. In the spring of 2013, an Eagle Scout researched, designed, and installed educational signage for the garden. 


Redwood Grove Nature Preserve, Cottage Garden
482 University Avenue, Los Altos Hills

In partnership with GreenTown Los Altos, we installed a native demonstration garden as well as a rain barrel system that collects rainwater from the roof of the nearby cottage. This rain barrel system provides additional water for the garden and dissipates the water from rainstorms through a designed swale that meanders through the garden.


Portola Valley Town Center, Sausal Creek Restoration
65 Portola Road, Portola Valley

This stretch of Sausal Creek was buried underground in a pipe until the Town of Portola Valley “daylighted” it as part of the Town Center construction process. We led the efforts to re-vegetate the creek with the help of hundreds of community volunteers. The site is a favorite of kids as it provides an easy way to explore the creek and the wildlife that enjoy it too.


Walter Hays Elementary School Demonstration Garden
1525 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

 Over 130 kindergarteners along with fourth and fifth grade helpers planted a valley oak, native strawberries, flowering currants, coffeeberries, rushes, bunchgrasses, and other native flowering plants to enhance a bare walkway leading to the school in the fall of 2012. 


Hoover Elementary School Pollinator Garden
701 Charter Street, Redwood City

Grassroots Ecology worked with students at Hoover Middle School, located in an urban area of Redwood City, to plant a pollinator garden where there was once blacktop. Students also planted big leaf maplesand mulberry trees to provide leaves for silkworm rearing in the classroom.


Sequoia High School
1201 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City

A remnant of a small tributary to Arroyo Ojo de Agua Creek runs along the south end of Sequoia High School in Redwood City. This creek and the school's beautiful old arboretum trees provide two of the critical needs for a successful “Monarch Waystation.” Sequoia students have been working since 2006 to provide other critical components for butterflies by planting host and nectar plants on a vacant parcel of land bordering this creek.


Hoover Elementary School Pollinator Garden
445 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto

We worked with first graders to plant a small pollinator garden outside their science classroom in the fall of 2012. The students use the plants and the insect visitors to their garden as a resource for data collection and observation, enhancing their science curriculum. A student garden club meets regularly to help care for the plants.


Pearson-Arastradero Preserve Gateway Facility
1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto

In the fall of 2010, we installed a garden adjacent to the facility that showcases species found throughout the preserve. This garden is designed to tolerate extreme heat, cold, drought, marauding voles, and frequent deer visits.


El Palo Alto Park Demonstration and Raingardens
117 Palo Alto Avenue, Palo Alto

One of our oldest restoration sites, the demonstration garden showcases many native plants local to the San Francisquito watershed as well as elsewhere in California. This is a good site to see a diversity of established native shrubs and perennials.

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Alma Rain Garden
1 Alma Street, Menlo Park

In 2015 we partnered with the city of Menlo Parkto replace a lawn area with a rain garden. A design incorporating a French slot channel drain, swales, and the installation of native plants, allows rainwater to soak into the ground instead of running off into the street.


Sequoias Retirement Home Lawn Replacement
501 Portola Road, Portola Valley

The Sequoias Retirement Home in Portola Valley asked for our help in creating a test plot where they could try out native grasses and possibly replace some of the extensive lawns throughout the facility.