Charlotte in her garden
Charlotte Torgovitsky is a naturalist, educator, and garden consultant who has lived with her family in Novato for most of the last 28 years. An organic gardener since 1975, she is currently developing her own two acre property; working in a sustainable and resourceful way with native soils and plants to create gardens that provide for family and friends as well as sanctuary for wildlife. Charlotte’s habitat is one of the gardens featured in the new book “The California Wildlife Habitat Garden” by Nancy Bauer (UC Press, 2012).
An avid plant propagator for many years, she is founder of Home Ground Habitat Nursery. Charlotte was Garden Education Manager at the Marin Art and Garden Center from 2001 to 2009, where she created numerous California native gardens and educational programs for children and adults.
As an educator, Charlotte has taught Wildlife Friendly Gardening Plant Propagation, and Home Composting courses at the College of Marin, Adult Community Education. She has also taught Bay-Friendly gardening classes, and has been invited to lecture on these subjects at Sonoma State Sustainable Landscaping program, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Tilden Regional Parks, and numerous bay area garden clubs. Currently Charlotte teaches hands-on Home Composting for Marin Zero Waste; the county provides bins at a generously reduced price to students of these classes. A short tutorial on home composting, vermiculture, and sheet-mulching, plus additional detailed information, can be found at www.zerowastemarin.org/compost.
Charlotte currently serves as President of the Marin chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Charlotte also sits on the board of the Novato Live Well Network, where she contributes her efforts to the Novato Community Garden Project.
Charlotte's essays and articles have been published in Pacific Horticulture, and Fremontia magazines and the Marin IJ. A number of her articles were included in the book “Gardening Among Friends”, edited by Barbara J. Euser (Solas House, Palo Alto, 2006).