Sonoma Community Center’s Maloney Memorial Garden a Waterwise Demonstration Project

A public/private partnership including the City of Sonoma, Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma County Master Gardeners and the Sonoma County Water Agency have brought forth a new community educational tool for the residents of Sonoma.

First envisioned by City Manager Linda Kelly, the opening and dedication of the garden was the result of months of hard work by members of the partnership. The demonstration and teaching garden encompasses over 4,000 square feet and was designed to demonstrate the principles of water conservation, low-water gardening, drip irrigation that focuses on various drip benefits, and rain water re-use and storm runoff abatement.

Garden components include a California native area, a Mediterranean area, a California-Mediterranean section with drought tolerant plants, a succulent garden division, a children’s garden with edible plants and herbs which attract birds and butterflies and eventually will contain a rain collection system.

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In Memory of the Maloney Family

Sonoma Community Center was blessed by the hard work and dedication of our Board Member, colleague and friend Susan Maloney. We treasured the social and work time spent with Susan, John, Aiden and Grace, all of whom volunteered for the Center. The gifts of their warmth, generosity, kindness and love will stay with us, and will be forever recognized through this garden where we can celebrate and honor their memory as a living and ever-renewing tribute to the values of family, friendship and community that they lived every day.

Special thanks to the Sonoma County Master Gardeners for their integral and ongoing support of the Maloney Memorial Garden.