To prevent the spread of COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus), the City of San Rafael closed community centers and cancelled all community classes, programs, recreation leagues, and events until further notice. For additional updates, please visit the City’s website.

Falkirk Gardens

Stroll through our beautiful demonstration gardens.

The University of California Marin Master Gardeners, in partnership with the City of San Rafael,  created demonstration gardens, which include Under Oaks Garden, Habitat Garden, Beneficial Garden, Lathe House Garden, Succulent Garden, Five Mediterranean Climate Zone Garden, and the most recently added Herb & Bee Garden. 

Falkirk Garden Images

Plant Sales

A few of the sales to look forward to in 2020 are California native plants, tomatoes, succulents, and pollinators.

  • July- Succulents. Saturday 7/11 from 8:00am-Noon @ Falkirk Greenhouse

Volunteer Work Days- Garden Parties with the Experts

Join Master Gardeners and work in the gardens. Volunteers meet the Second Saturday of the month from 9:00am-Noon, almost year round.  Contact Darcie Chellew to be connected with the Volunteer Coordinator.

Workshops & Educational Talks 

Master Gardeners offer a Continuing Education Talk and Demonstration each month at Falkirk Cultural Center.  It's a wonderful way to learn, gain hands-on experience, meet other Master Gardeners, and simply enjoy the beautiful gardens.

  • Every 2nd Saturday monthly, 9:00am- Noon
  • FREE to public with $5 suggested donation, unless noted.

Master Gardener Updates


Gail Mason, Master Gardener

The Greenhouse at Falkirk is now officially the “Mulryan - UC Marin Master Gardener Greenhouse.”  MG Larry Mulryan has saved Falkirk in any number of ways—primarily when he in 1973, as Mayor, facilitated the purchase of the estate and saved it from being razed to the ground.  Falkirk Cultural Center is now a treasured venue for public events, celebrations and general public enjoyment. Thank you Larry!

The city also recognized and honored the many devoted Master Gardeners who developed, installed and have maintained the seven beautiful Demonstration Gardens as well as the hardworking volunteers who rehabilitated what was a run down, dysfunctional building into a beautiful, highly functioning working greenhouse.

Looking to the future, we will be holding four or five workshop/demonstrations as Continuing Education over the next few months, beginning with our annual: Rose Pruning Talk & Demonstration with Don Chapman.



Punkie Ebert, Master Gardener

While many of the original plants in the California Natives Garden have thrived here for many years, the garden has experienced quite a transition this year.  In replacing ailing shrubs and overgrown grasses the focus has been on showing the dubious gardener that California natives are truly landscape-worthy:  The various low-growing Ceanothus, which flower at different times, will make a striking contrast to the silver-green foliage of the Quail Bush and Silver Bush Lupine.  A variety of Monkey Flowers smile from spring to fall along the walk.  Cheery blue-flowered Coyote Mint pop up here and there.   It does test one's patience waking for them to mature.

As always, please join us in working in the gardens.  We are here most Monday mornings 9:30-12:00 and always on the Second Saturday of the Month 9:00 or 10:00 – 12:00.

More about the Gardens at Falkirk

Learn more about the development of the gardens including drought tolerance, habitats, pathways and reused materials, irrigation and water use, mulches, shade trees, as well as plants selected to be deer and fire resistant.

Learn more about the City's acquisition of the Falkirk / Dollar Family Estate and how the Marin Master Gardener Program has transformed the gardens.

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