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Richmond Dry Garden

About the Richmond Dry Garden

The Richmond Dry Garden is a water-efficient demonstration garden that currently contains five distinct areas, each with a theme featuring low-water and drought-tolerant plants.  The themes are:

  • California Native Garden
  • Bird/Butterfly (Habitat) Garden
  • Mediterranean Garden
  • Succulent/Dry Garden
  • Mixed Perennial Border

During the current COVID-19 shelter-in-place, Richmond Dry Garden is being tended by Contra Costa Master Gardeners.  At this time we are unable to offer public demonstrations or instructions at the garden.  When county restrictions are lifted, we will return. 

The garden is normally tended by the volunteers of the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County.  We are out working in the garden every Friday from 9:00 am until 12:30 pm.  You're welcome to stop by and chat.

Lori Palmquist installing sheetmulch at Richmond Dry Garden

Currently, the garden is a shell of its former glory.  During the years leading up its adoption by the UC Master Gardener Program, invasive and pervasive weeds had taken over the garden.

Now that all of the weeds have been removed, a design team of UC Master Gardeners will be updating each of the thematic areas.  We fully expect the Richmond Dry Garden to re-emerge as a local gem that will draw visitors from far and wide.

Richmond Dry Garden White Flowers

Stay tuned for our official opening and beyond...

Got questions about what we're doing?  Contact us at mgcc.richmonddry@gmail.com!

Finding the Richmond Dry Garden

The garden is located next to the Richmond Public Library at the Richmond Civic Center, on Macdonald Avenue between Civic Center Plaza and 27th Street. 

History of the Richmond Dry Garden

The Richmond Dry Garden was installed in August 2005, as a joint project of the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) and the City of Richmond.

Originally named the "Richmond Demonstration Garden," it was maintained by the City of Richmond until January 2018, when it was adopted by the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County.  Our UC Master Gardener volunteers began applying their TLC in May 2018.

California Fushia at Richmond Dry Garden

Future Plans for the Garden

The Richmond Dry Garden promises to be a hub for public education and demonstration of sustainable and water-efficient practices in the landscape.  The City of Richmond and EBMUD are still very much involved in a mutual mission and partnership with the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa.  They are working together on behalf of the public and the stewardship of our valuable resources and landscapes.

The garden itself will feature examples of plantings that can be locally obtained, and are proven winners in the unique climate of western Contra Costa County. It will represent the beautiful aesthetics of plants that are adapted to our summer-dry state and to local conditions.

UC Master Gardeners plan to hold workshops, classes, and talks at the garden and at the Richmond Public Library, next door to the garden. They are proud to call this garden their own, and feel up to the task of achieving their mission through their own efforts, and the collaborative efforts of their partners, EBMUD and the City of Richmond.