North Coast CNPS

Native Plant Gardens for Viewing Any Time

Public Gardens.  Most are accessible at any hour. Listed north-to-south.  (See lower in article for Private Gardens.)

Trinidad Museum Native Plant Garden, behind the museum.  A fairly large, creatively designed, volunteer planned and maintained, diverse, authentically local, native plant garden.

Bureau of Land Management office, 1695 Heindon Rd.  Beds right in front of the building.

Arcata Community Center Native Plant and Wildlife Garden, on the hill beside Healthsport in Arcata (300 Community Park Way).  A diverse bed designed to attract native wildlife, in particular the six-legged kind, planned and maintained by Pete Haggard, a volunteer. 

Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center, South G St.. The path up into the building wraps around the garden.  This garden is maintained by volunteers.

City of Arcata has installed native plants at many infrastructure projects, such as the Community Center, the roundabout on Sunset Ave and Foster, the firehouse on 10th St, the city parking lots on 7th St, the sidewalk strip on Samoa Ave.  Most of these show what happens with lack of maintenance (weeding) despite good intentions.

Sequoia Park Zoo, 3441 W St., Eureka.  Practicing what Douglas Tallamy advocates, for the sake of wildlife of all sizes, the zoo has firmly committed to converting their landscape entirely to native plants.  Open daily except Monday.  As of July 8, 2020, reservations required.  See the website:    Admission charged!  Caring for animals requires money!

Second and H Streets, a curbside garden around a City of Eureka parking lot.  Despite a troubled history highlighting the different landscaping styles of the garden creator and the city's maintenance crew, thirteen species of native, woody plants persist here, some in bizarre shapes.  There is also a non-native tree.

California Department of Fish & Wildlife,  619 Second St., Eureka.  Around two sides of the building is a carefully designed, commercially available, native plant garden.  The small trees are Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo), not a native, but a well behaved, easy-to-grow, right-size species related to Madrone.

Jefferson Community Center, 1000 B St., Eureka.  On the B St. side are two, adjacent, small pollinator gardens installed by Bill Rodstrom to show that even a small space can host a diversity of pollinators. Maintained by volunteers (as are most functions of the center). 

Eureka Waterfront Trail along Waterfront Drive west from C St.  The strip between sidewalk and street (which I'm told landscapers call the "Hell strip") has been planted with about 9 species of California native plants.

Humboldt Botanical Garden, behind College of the Redwoods.  Has an extensive California native garden, lots of other amazing gardens, and considerable trails through natural riparian and hillside habitat.  As of July 8 the garden is open with restrictions (number of visitors; masks required).  Check their website.  Admission charged; they put your money to good use! 

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Loleta (Hookton Rd. exit).  A modest but sincere garden in an expansive landscape.  Check what hours the entrance gate is open and what is open during COVID 19:

Coming soon!  WDH Interpretive Gardens, Main Street, Ferndale.  The WDH Foundation established by Willis Hadley is progressing through planning stages to install this garden featuring dune habitat, riparian zone, a butterfly garden, a pond, and a pink Victorian dollhouse. 


Private Gardens Viewable from the Street.

 Please respect the owner's privacy; stay on the sidewalk. Listed north-to-south.

 [This list is just a beginning.  If you can add to this list, please tell Carol!]

Every gardener knows that a garden is never finished.  After all, it is dealing with living, growing things, so by definition is changing constantly.  For the same reason every garden, even a native plant garden, needs maintenance, which different owners can provide in different amounts, depending on other aspects of their lives.  We appreciate these owners sharing their creations so that we can see native plants and how they perform in real gardens. 

Many gardens have non-native as well as native plants combined, for historical, sentimental, practical, or irrational reasons.  In looking at these gardens do not assume everything is native!  You have to learn to identify the species!   Some day we might have species lists for these gardens, but that is a distant prospect at the moment.  Practice native plant identification in our natural areas using a good field guide.  (See

99 Langford Rd. (off Scenic Dr.), Trinidad  Almost entirely native, merging with the forest behind.

980 Union St., Arcata (between 7th and 11th, uphill side).  Always cheerful with California Poppies, this small yard is entirely native.  The owner has had to learn to pull out poppies for the sake of having other species.  She has also had to remove or prune shrubs as they reach full size.

2151 Lewis Ave, Arcata (Greenview development).  A typical front yard in a development, this garden is small but packed with diverse species to provide pollinators what they need and caterpillars for birds, while maintaining some order and attractive beds.

1701 Virginia Way, Arcata (Sunny Brae)  A stunning, remarkably artistic, and usually floriferous garden, entirely native.  The owner is now working on making the back yard a habitat garden.      

GHD Building, 3rd and H Streets, Eureka.  At least 23 species of natives, mostly perennials plus a few shrubs, are in the narrow beds around the parking lot and the building. 

Urology Associates, 2576 Renfrew St., Eureka (off Harrison in the hospital zone).  This landscape has been in mostly native plants for a long time.

2904 Williams, Eureka  (Williams & Grotto in Henderson Center area)  The side yard on Grotto St. is almost entirely native; the front yard on Williams St. is mixed native and non-native. 

2424 B St., Eureka  Front yard is almost entirely native plants. 


2578 Donna Dr., Eureka (at the top of Humboldt Hill).  A very diverse mix of common and esoteric native species.  A list is available (possibly nearby this document on the website).  Created and maintained by Brant Landscaping. 

If you know of other gardens that should be on this list, please contact Carol at 707-822-2015 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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