Granada Native Gardens
Just west of 975 Murietta Street, Livermore
Years gardened at this location: Planted April 2004
Size: 1/3 acre
Showcase feature: The Friends of the Arroyos have transformed a former trash-strewn vacant lot into a native plant garden in which more than 50 species of plants are separated into chaparral, woodland, grassland, and riparian plant communities. Picnic tables with endangered species mosaics made from donated pool tiles were made by a local Boy Scout troop for an Eagle Scout project. Interpretive signs describe the layout of the garden, history of the creek, and water issues in Livermore. This garden, planted just two years ago, was designed by Alrie Middlebrook of Middlebrook Gardens.
Other garden attractions:
- Garden is heavily mulched to control weeds and conserve water.
- Interpretive signs describe the layout of the garden, the history of the creek, and water issues in Livermore.
- Broken cement was used to construct the picnic tables and benches.
- The garden will be watered for the first two years, until the plants are established, then watering will stop.
Gardening for Wildlife:California fuschia and monkeyflowers attract hummingbirds. Large trees (oaks, cottonwood, big-leaf maple, and sycamores) provide nesting areas for birds. Logs provide shelter for lizards. Table mosaics of steelhead trout, red-legged frogs, and burrowing owls remind us of species that were once common here, but are now threatened.
Directions: From the West and North, take 580 East to Livermore. Take the 2nd Livermore exit at Portola, make the 1st right turn at Murrieta, and continue south 1.7 miles. One block after you cross Stanley Blvd., Murrieta will bend east, and the Gardens will be on your right. *
From the South, take 680 North to 84 and head toward Livermore. Go east about 5 miles and take the 2nd traffic light at Isabel. Go north on Isabel about 2 miles and turn right at Stanley Blvd. Continue about 1 mile to Murrieta Blvd and turn right. After one block, Murrieta will bend east, and the Gardens will be on your right.
*Take the next left into the shopping center parking lot and park. Be careful crossing the street.