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Sebastopol Corridor Project


We are creating a linked corridor of gardens throughout Sebastopol, California.  This map of landscapes and their plans will later be reproducible for other communities to create this vibrant corridor in their urban environment. California native plants = habitat.


Site One:  Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce

A thriving habitat garden which we only deep watered once a month the first Summer.  A great test case for how these California native plants are TRULY drought adapted!  Flowering plants such as: Romneya coulterii (Matilija Poppy), Salvia sp (Sage), Aster chilensis (California Aster), Zauschneria cana (California Fuchsia), Stipa californica (California Feather Grass), Muhlenbergia rigens (Deer Grass), Sambucus mexicana (Elderberry), Ribes sanguineum (Flowering Currant), to name a few are thriving in this sunny and hot garden.

Site Two: Sebastopol Center for the Arts

It is our delight to have broken ground on this project in Fall 2016 with our initial sheet mulching.  We let that work all winter  and planted a small part of the site this May.  The hardscape is almost finished and we will plant the main site in Fall 2017 with a big planting party!  Stay tuned!  Planting phase one was composed of: Eriophyllum lanatum (Wolly Sunflower), Baccharis pilularis 'Twin Peaks' (Groundcover Coyote Bush), Arctostaphylos 'Sunset' (Sunset Manzanita), Calamagrostis foliosa and Zauschneria 'Wayne's Silver' (California Fuchsia).

Robert Watkins
photo by Robert Watkins

The San Joaquin Valley Corridor Project


We are consulting with the Institutional Turf Replacement (ITRP) a cooperative program with the Department of Water Resources and The California Conservation Corps to help them with their mission to fund water efficient landscaping and irrigation projects at local government facilities and non-profit institutions.  Projects are focused in Economically Distressed Areas (EDAs) in the central valley region of California.

HCP created the landscape plans for the Boys and Girls Club of Merced, Dignity Health in Bakersfield, the Visalia Transit building, Fresno Zoo, City Hall of Visalia and many other projects. We have shifted the focus of the project of the ITRP to California native plants and to the promotion of habitat and sustainable land use practices with education and persistence.

Example Projects:

Madera County Building

Visalia City Hall

Lawn to Biodiversity

Free Downloadable Plans

In this exciting new partnership the Habitat Corridor Project is delighted to work with the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to create turf replacement plans for your residential and institutional projects.  They are adaptable to your landscape and can be used for any turf buyback programs as well.  They meet all MWELO standards for low water use landscapes, use less water (just a deep soak once a week for the first 2 summers then nothing), and are biodiversity rich.

Example Plans:

Habitat For Humanity - Sunny Flowering Meadow

Habitat For Humanity - Grasses and large shrubs

Habitat For Humanity - Sunny Swales and Mounds

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