This garden is the Cinderella story of native plant gardens. Established in 1999 on a construction fill site, today it is a beautiful little oasis of native plants and home to hundreds of native bees. It gets by without any installed irrigation and only occasional loving maintenance by a one-person crew.

Arcata Community Center Native Plant Garden. Arcata Community Center Native Plant Garden. Arcata Community Center Native Plant Garden.

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Perennial herb
Photo: Calscape

Common Yarrow

Achillea millefolium
Perennial herb
Photo: Calflora

Coast Angelica

Angelica hendersonii
Perennial herb
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Douglas' Sagewort

Artemisia douglasiana
Perennial herb
Photo: Calflora

Soap Plant

Chlorogalum pomeridianum
Perennial herb
Photo: Calscape

Beach Strawberry

Fragaria chiloensis
Perennial herb
Photo: Calscape

Oregon Gumweed

Grindelia stricta
Perennial herb
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Douglas Iris

Iris douglasiana
Perennial herb
Photo: Calscape

Tiger Lily

Lilium pardalinum
Perennial herb
Photo: Calphotos

Meadow Lupine

Lupinus polyphyllus
Perennial herb
Photo: Calscape

Riverbank Lupine

Lupinus rivularis
Perennial herb
Photo: Calscape

Maple Leaved Checkerbloom

Sidalcea malachroides
Perennial herb
Photo: Calflora

Checker Bloom

Sidalcea malviflora
Perennial herb
Photo: Calflora

California Aster

Symphyotrichum chilense
Perennial herb
Photo: Calscape

Bigflower Tellima

Tellima grandiflora
Shrub
Photo: Calscape

Kinnikinnick

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Shrub
Photo: Calscape

Oregon Grape

Berberis aquifolium
Shrub
Photo: Calscape

California Lilac

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus
Shrub
Photo: Calflora

Bush Monkeyflower

Diplacus aurantiacus
Shrub
Photo: Calflora

Silk Tassel

Garrya elliptica
Shrub
Photo: Calflora

California Wax Myrtle

Morella californica
Grass
Photo: Calscape

Pacific Reedgrass

Calamagrostis nutkaensis
Grass
Photo: Calscape

Tufted Hairgrass

Deschampsia cespitosa
Annual herb
Photo: Calflora

Farewell to Spring

Clarkia amoena
Annual herb
Photo: Calflora

California Poppy

Eschscholzia californica
Annual herb
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Tricolor Gilia

Gilia tricolor
Vine
Photo: Calflora

Hairy Honeysuckle

Lonicera hispidula
Fern
Photo: Calscape

Nested Polypody Fern

Polypodium calirhiza
Fern
Photo: Calscape

Leather Fern

Polypodium scouleri