Ben Lomond Fire Protection District
Fire Resistant Plant Demonstration Garden Project
In collaboration with Boulder Creek and Felton Fire Protection Districts, Ben Lomond Fire Protection District is planning on redesigning the front of the fire station with a Fire Resistant Plant Demonstration Garden but we need your help!
Ben Lomond Fire Protection District is asking for monetary donations to support this project. Donations can be made here or in-person at the fire house.
Here’s a little more background on the project:
All plants will burn, but many contain more moisture and are less volatile than others. Fire resistant plants are less likely to burn as easily or rapidly as other plants. The Boulder Creek and Felton Fire Resistant Plant Demonstration Gardens are examples of fire resistant plants that are also drought tolerant and low maintenance. The landscape also includes some California natives with fire resistant characteristics.
It is recommended to maintain 30 feet of “lean, clean and green” defensible space surrounding your home. This defensible space means only small amounts of flammable vegetation, no accumulation of dead plants or debris and plants that are healthy and green during the fire season. In addition to this 30 feet, from 30 to 100 feet from your residence, reduced fuels are recommended. For more information regarding creating defensible space, see “Living with Fire in Santa Cruz County”
Included in the plans are plant name tags and a planting brochure to handout to the community. The following plants fall under the fire resistant plant category and are currently displayed in the plant demonstration gardens at Boulder Creek and Felton:
Achillea millefolium ‘Moonshine’
Grevillea lanigera ‘Mt. Tamboritha’
Helianthemum nummularium ‘Wisely Primrose’
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’
Nepeta racemose ‘Walker’s Low’
Rosemarinus ‘Blue Spire’
Salvia clevelandii ‘Pozo Blue’
California Blue Sage
A garden is an ever-changing landscape, so we will keep the website and plants as up to date as possible, as our volunteer’s time permits. Updated as-built drawings with plant identification are being worked on and additions and deletions to the plant list will be updated as the garden changes.