Three gardens compete for county ‘Grateful Bed’ awards
Sonoma County Regional Parks and nonprofit iGROW Sonoma invite local garden lovers to participate in a free, self-guided tour of 22 food-producing public gardens, three of them in Cotati and Rohnert Park.
Sonoma County’s first “Grateful Bed” tour runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, and showcases edible gardens on public property or in other areas accessible to the public.
Central County residents can start their tour of the community gardens at Growing In Faith Gardens at Cross and Crown Lutheran Church and proceed to Lydia Commons and the Cotati Pocket Park Food Forest, both in the L Section.
Growing In Faith Gardens, 5475 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, has two sections. The original school garden features a number of planter beds used for education. A former soccer field now provides fresh produce for the needy.
Lydia Commons, 530 Lydia Court S., Rohnert Park, is a neighborhood-based community garden begun in 2009 as part of a mini-park at the juncture of walking paths connecting Cotati, Penngrove and Rohnert Park.
The 29 organic garden plots are cultivated by 23 families for their own use, though in the summer they have a “free box” for sharing extra produce. The garden is a partnership with Rohnert Park’s Department of Public Works and Community Services and Concerned Citizens of Rohnert Park, a project of St. Joseph’s Health System. Presently there are about 23 families participating.
Nearby Pocket Park, at LaSalle Avenue where it intersects Loretto in Cotati, has saved more than 100,000 gallons of water while building soil and community and growing food, medicine and habitat. In partnership with the City of Cotati, Equinox Landscape and lots of inspired volunteers for nonprofit Daily Acts installed this food forest beginning in 2009.
Ongoing public educational workdays are scheduled to maintain the landscape and share the bounty. Educational signage describes the food forest elements included.
All the Grateful Bed gardens will on Saturday compete for such prizes as Best Community Involvement, Best Bed by an Organization or Agency and Best Representation of Sustainable Principles. In addition, the public is asked to help select the winner of a People’s Choice award.
Participating gardens are open in all corners of the county, from Petaluma to Healdsburg and Sonoma to Monte Rio, until 4 p.m.
For maps, more gardens, more information and how to vote, click here.
- Cavanagh Center Food Forest Demonstration Garden, 426 8th St., Petaluma
- Marvin’s Garden, Tolay Lake Regional Park, Cannon Lane at Lakeville Hwy., Petaluma
- Graton Community Garden, S. Edison St. between Graton Road and Shirley St., Graton
- Applewood Inn, 13555 Hwy. 116, Guerneville
- Parkside Garden, corner of Fir and Main streets, Monte Rio
- Riverside Garden, 20400 Bohemian Hwy., Monte Rio
- Foss Creek Community Restoration Project, 3 North St., Healdsburg
- Windsor Town Green Community Garden, 9072 Windsor Road, Windsor
- Friends of Juilliard Community Garden, southwest corner of Juilliard Park, Santa Rosa
- Harvest for the Hungry Garden, 1717 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa
- Kawana Community Organic Garden, 2014 Moraga Drive, Santa Rosa
- Sunflower Community Garden, Seventh and A streets, Santa Rosa
- TLC Community Garden, 1225 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa
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- Oakmont Community Garden, north end of Stone Bridge Road, Santa Rosa
- Woodland Star Charter School Garden, 17811 Arnold Drive, Sonoma
- Follow usual rules for parking and watch for special parking instructions at select gardens.
- Children must be closely supervised by an accompanying adult.
- Strollers are not permitted in the gardens.
- Stay on marked paths and wear sturdy shoes.
- Do not pick flowers, fruits or vegetables, or take cuttings.
- Smoking is not permitted.
- Leave pets at home.