Sustainable Education Garden

City Hall Sustainable Education Garden (Under Construction)

Santa Rosa is transforming our City Hall lawn and landscape into a beautiful demonstration garden and community gathering area. The garden will be designed using holistic water-use efficiency and storm water best management practices. This garden will feature:

  • Drought tolerant, low water-use plants including California Natives which will meet the City's Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (PDF).
  • Russian-River Friendly Landscaping Best Practices that work in harmony with the natural conditions of the Russian River Watershed.
  • Bioswales and bioretention to capture and naturally clean storm water runoff onsite as explained in the Storm Water Low Impact Technical Design Manual (PDF).
  • Rainwater harvesting.
  • Community gathering area that will also be used as an outdoor classroom.
  • Informational displays and interpretive signage.                                                                             

North Demonstration Area

Construction Update

On Monday, August 8th construction of the City Hall Education Garden began. Siri Grading and Paving, Inc., of Santa Rosa, CA is the general contractor.

Construction is anticipated to be completed spring 2017.

Below are links to the revised project renderings:


A draft design was created as a result of a stakeholder workshop that included members of the public and the design community, along with the help of the project landscape architect and City staff. These initial design renderings were provided for public comment via this website. The comments received were taken into consideration by the design team to create the final design (links above). The design includes: rainwater harvesting, signage, storm water features and a community gathering area that are required as part of the grant awarded by the State Water Resources Control Board.

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For additional information, please contact the Project Manager Deb Lane by email or call 707-543-4506


Funding for this project is largely provided by the State Water Resources Control Board.