What We Do

Our team of volunteer propagators is still working together throughout the year, growing and tending our plants. Many of plants we grow are sold to raise funds in support of the Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

We've also grown plants for local restoration projects supported by Marin CNPS. in 2013 seeds were collected at Ring Mt. for an on-going grasslands restoration; using these site-specific propagules, we grew Naked Buckwheat (Eriogonum nudum), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and Blue Wild Rye (Elymus glaucus), all in small 'cone-tainers' to facilitate planting out into uncultivated areas. A number of our dedicated propagators also helped with the out-planting; just to make sure our 'babies' (more than 800 plants) are off to a good start on Ring Mt.!

We're growing the upright native species Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis) for Marin Audubon Society's restoration projects along Atherton Ave. and Bahia in Novato, and for other restoration projects in Corte Madera. We've provided about 80 plants a year for these projects.  We're growing Coyote Brush from seed collected in Novato; thus assuring a mix of male and female plants in this dioecious species. Most of the Coyote Brush offered in the nursery trade are male plants, grown from cuttings; this deprives wildlife of a rich resource (nectar and seeds) available in the fall, when there's not much else out there!
We're also working with the City of Novato's Streetscape Committee by donating California native to re-landscape a number of the traffic islands within the city.  Novato is forward thinking in this regard; a committee of volunteers coordinates with the city to find individuals or businesses that are willing to take on a traffic island or median planting. With support from city staff, volunteers do the work of planning, installing, and maintaining a landscape updated with drought-tolerant native plants.

The City of Novato also asks for volunteers to help keep our common areas neat and tidy. On Earth Day every year, people give a few hours of their time for a 'Clean and Green' effort. Every year Home Ground contributes native wildflowers in 4" pots as a Thank You gift to those volunteers. 

We donate plants to other non-profits who raise money through plant sales to support their charitable work. For a number of years now we have contributed dozens of beautiful plants to In-Spirit in San Geronimo Valley. This organization helps support people who are home-bound due to injury or illness.

We also support the Inverness Garden Club's yearly fund-raising event with a donation of dozens of  plants. This garden club uses funds raised to provide scholarships to deserving local students.

In 2013 we also donated plants for gardens at; St. Paul's Church and Nursery School, the Canal Community Garden in San Rafael, and the Brain Injury Network in Larkspur. We also helped create a native medicinal demonstration garden in Pt. Reyes Station.

We supported a school garden program at Occidental Arts and Ecology with a donation of plants and seeds; and we supplied native wildflower seeds for a children's 'Habitat Float' in the Sausalito 4th of July parade.

In 2013 we also donated plants to:

  • Greenwood School in Mill Valley
  • Venetia Valley School in San Rafael
  • Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera
  • Novato High School
  • Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito
  • Hall Middle School in Corte Madera
  • St Mark's School in Terra Linda
  • Manor School in Fairfax

In 2014 we donated plants to:

  • Marin Country Day School
  • St. Mark's School
  • Strawberry Point School in Mill Valley
  • Venetia Valley School
  • Marin School in San Rafael

This year we have donated more plants to:

  • Strawberry Point School
  • Manor School in Fairfax
  • Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera
  • Ross Elementary School
  • Marin SEL program at Terra Linda High School

In addition we've donated plants to help create habitat at Green String Farm in Petaluma, and helped the Riverkeeper's Project restore habitat along the Russian River.