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Planting for Pollinators

Gamble's Pollinator Garden is located just inside the fence from Gamble's Embarcardero parking lot, in the area formerly known as the California Garden. When Gamble's Picnic Oak (our largest mature coast live oak) died, the shade-loving plants that thrived in its shade were moved, and the area was turned into a garden designed for pollinators.  Work was completed in December 2018. 

The Pollinator Garden provides a welcoming habitat for the wildlife that enhances our ecosystem and helps with the all-important job of pollination. It contains a wide variety of perennials and shrubs that attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators.  Signage throughout the area informs visitors, young and old, about the wonders of nature and provides them with information on how to plant their own gardens to provide food and habitat for pollinators.  


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Plant List

Achillea m. ‘Sonoma Coast’ (Sonoma Coast Yarrow)
Achillea ‘Lavender Beauty’  (Yarrow)
Aloe ‘Cynthia Giddy’  (Cynthia Giddy Aloe)
Anigozanthos ‘Orange Cross’ (Orange Cross Kangaroo Paw)
Anigozanthos ‘ Bush Sunset’ (Bush Sunset Kangaroo Paw)
Aquilegia formosa (Western Columbine )
Arctostaphylos ‘Howard McMinn’ (Howard McMinn Manzanita)
Aristolochia californica (California Dutchman’s Pipe)
Asclepias speciosa (Showy Milkweed)
Asclepias fasicularis (narrow leaf milkweed)
Aster chilensis ‘Purple Haze’ (Purple Haze Aster)
Baccharis ‘Centenial’ (Centennial Desert Broom)
Berberis aquifolium ‘Compacta’ (Compact Oregon Grape)
Buddleja ‘Petite Plum’ (Petite Plum Butterfly Bush)
Calylophus hartwegii (Sundrop)
Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’ (Ray Hartman California Lilac)
Ceanothus ‘Blue Jeans’ (Blue Jeans’ California Lilac)
Epilobium canum ‘Silver Select’ (California fuchsia)
Erigeron glaucus ‘Wayne Roderick’ (Wayne Roderick Seaside Daisy)
Eriogonum fasiculatum (Coast buckwheat)
Eriogonum giganteum (St. Catherine’s lace)
Frangula californica ‘Mound san Bruno’ (Mound san Bruno Coffeeberry)
Gambellia speciosa  (Island snapdragon)
Grevillea ‘Long John’ (Long John Grevillea)
Hardenbergia violacea ‘Happy Wanderer’ (Happy Wanderer Lilac Vine)
Heteromeles arbutifolia Toyon)
Heuchera ‘Santa Ana Cardinal’ (Santa Ana Cardinal Coral Bells)
Lantana ‘Spreading Sunset’ (Spreading Sunset Lantana)
Lavandula heterophylla (Sweet Lavender)
Lepechinia Fragrans ‘El Tigre’ (El Tigre Pitcher Sage)
Lonicera subspicata (Southern Honeysuckle)
Penstemon ‘Margarita BOP’ (Margarita BOP Foothill Penstemon)
Prunus ilicifolia (Holly-leaf cherry)
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Huntington blue’ (Huntington Blue Rosemary)
Salvia ‘Allen Chickering’ (Allen Chickering Sage)
Salvia elegans (pineapple sage)
Salvia spathacea (Hummingbird Sage)
Sisyrinchium bellum ‘Arroyo del la Cruz’ (Blue-eyed grass)
Venegasia carpesioides (Canyon Sunflower)
Verbena ‘De la Mina’ (De La Mina Verbena)
Helianthus anuus (Annual Native Sunflower)