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.
A few of the sales to look forward to in 2020 are California native plants, tomatoes, succulents, and pollinators.
- February- Tomatoes. Saturday (Date TBD) from 9:00am-Noon @ off site locations
- March- CA Natives. Saturday 3/7 from 9:00am-Noon @ Falkirk Greenhouse
- May- Succulents. Saturday 5/9 from 9:00am-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 Ashley Howe email@example.com 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.
Sat. Jan. 11, 2020 from 10am-Noon
Speaker: Don Chapman, Master Gardener & Rosarian
Master Gardener Updates
Gail Mason, Master Gardener
We at Falkirk are now preparing the gardens for the winter. We’re cleaning up and pruning but also planning on some doing some planting, which, as you know, is always good to do just before the (supposed) rains come to water in any newly planted gems, helping them root in.
Meanwhile, last Friday there was a lovely Dedication and Naming Ceremony held in the garden at Falkirk. 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! Also celebrated at this Ceremony were the many devoted Master Gardeners who developing, 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. A plaque, which will be installed outside the greenhouse entrance, will lay out the acknowledgements for all to see. This is quite a feather in the cap of Master Gardeners and, of course, Larry Mulryan himself. Thank you, Ashley Howe, Mayor Gary Phillips and the City of San Rafael!
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.
FALKIRK DEMONSTRATION GARDEN HIGHLIGHT: THE NATIVE PLANT GARDEN
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. Note: We will be taking the month of December off but springing back into action in the new year.
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.