Marin-Friendly Virtual Garden Tour

Welcome to the Marin-Friendly Virtual Garden Tour! As with our past garden tours, we are excited to feature inspiring homegrown and professionally designed gardens that demonstrate a wide variety of environmentally friendly gardening practices. But now we are bringing the gardens to you – virtually! Now you can take your time and visit these exciting gardens online, at your leisure, as many times as you like.

We'll be adding new gardens throughout the year, so be sure to check back periodically.

Share Your Marin-Friendly Garden


Calling all homeowners and landscape professionals! With spring just around the corner, MMWD is pleased to announce we're now accepting applications for our 2017 Virtual Garden Tour. Do you have or maintain a garden that is teeming with native plants? Does it conserve water, attract beneficial insects or demonstrate environmentally friendly practices like rain catchment or recycling waste onsite? If so, apply today to our 2017 tour

One advantage of our virtual tour is that you can share your garden and inspire others without hosting visitors at your property. Instead, selected gardens are featured on our website and social media through photographs, video and written descriptions. Last year's charming gardens showcased lawn replacement projects, demonstrations of urban farming, and unique ideas for gardening sustainably in small spaces, to name a few. Scroll down to check them out, then submit your own Marin-Friendly garden!

What is Marin-Friendly Gardening?


Many gardeners in Marin—and beyond—are moving toward a more natural style of landscaping. They are replacing resource-guzzling lawns with native plant gardens, installing rainwater catchment systems, recycling yard and food waste into soil amendments, and attracting beneficial insects as a means of natural pest control. Their gardens conserve water and energy, recycle resources on site, thrive without the use of toxic chemicals, and display a diversity of plant and animal life. Some call it sustainable or ecological gardening. Others call it environmentally friendly or natural gardening. We call it Marin-Friendly gardening. It works in harmony with nature to create and maintain ecologically productive gardens, attuned to the climate, microclimate, topography, and soils of Marin.

This place-based approach to gardening is basically a return to common-sense gardening where waste is minimized, natural processes are encouraged and utilized, and local conditions are considered. Nature is viewed as an inspiring partner, rather than a threat, and natural plant communities are used as models for the garden design. Just as plants growing in nature survive without special fertilizers, chemical pest controls, or heavy irrigation, plants in our gardens can do the same. By selecting plants that are adapted to local conditions—such as soil, light, moisture, drainage and exposure—and allowing them to thrive naturally, Marin-Friendly gardeners are minimizing the impact of their gardens on our local environment.
Marin-Friendly Garden Tour


Marin-Friendly Resources



Water-Wise Gardening Website


Visit our Water-Wise Gardening website to find inspiration and information to help you design and maintain your Marin-Friendly garden.
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Rebates


Explore MMWD rebates for mulch, rain barrels, laundry-to-landscape graywater system components, and more.

Explore turf replacement rebates from the state of California.