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Sonoma Garden Park

Website: www.sonomagardenpark.org
Age Group(s): Youth, Teen, Adult, Senior
Hours: Open daily 9 AM – dusk.
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7-acre community agricultural park, owned by the City of Sonoma and operated by Sonoma Ecology Center with the ongoing support of numerous volunteers and partner organizations.

The Sonoma Garden Park offers winding paths through a beautiful park-like setting, as it strives to demonstrate examples of sustainable agriculture and horticulture and provide educational and recreational opportunities for children and adults. Amenities include paths, benches, picnic tables, and demonstration low-impact gardens. Home to community garden plots and a seasonal harvest market.

Sonoma Garden Park was originally the property of Pauline Bond, a Sonoma schoolteacher who gave the land to the City in 1977 with the agreement that it remains a public park. In 1993, Sonoma Ecology Center entered into an agreement with the City to take over the regular operation of the 6.1-acre park and began to grow it from a bare lot to its current lush grounds of orchards, and gardens and public gathering places.

Improvements were made over time, including a Straw Bale Barn built in 1994, a Native Plant Nursery built in 2012, and Low Impact Design features added in 2017. In 2019, the City of Sonoma approved our new Master Plan Update, guaranteeing that this beloved park will continue to be an essential community gathering place for many years to come.

All through the growing season, Sonoma Garden Park hosts a Harvest Market in its Straw Bale Barn every Saturday from 9 am to noon, where the garden’s abundant produce — fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, and eggs from our chickens — is sold. For the multitude of public workshops, classes, camps, and other events held at Sonoma Garden Park see our events calendar or visit the Sonoma Garden Park website.

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