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    Wildberries Natural Riparian Area

    A riparian area is the interface between land and a river or stream. The Wildberries Natural Riparian Area is home to the perennial Fault Creek and a rich community of native willows, berries, flowering currant, red alders and other natives. Restoration of this natural riparian area was largely funded by a grant from the California Coastal Conservancy and a donation from Wildberries Marketplace.

Wildberries Natural Riparian Area

About the Garden

A riparian area is the interface between land and a river or stream.  The Wildberries Natural Riparian Area is home to the perennial Fault Creek and a rich community of native willows, berries, flowering currant, red alders and other natives.  Restoration of this natural riparian area was largely funded by a grant from the California Coastal Conservancy and a donation from Wildberries Marketplace.  The restoration replaced invasive and other non-native species with grasses, shrubs and trees that are native to this area and that can withstand seasonal flooding.  These plantings help to shade the stream and act as filters of pollutants from surface runoff, enhancing water quality via biofiltration. 

One of the advantages of a natural riparian area in a botanical garden is to inspire visitors to recognize the benefits of using native and riparian plantings in their gardens as a food source for both humans and wildlife, as a tool to manage stormwater in the landscape and in ornamental landscapes. Wildberries Natural Riparian Area is a pleasing habitat and a great place for bird watching and learning about gardening to attract wildlife.  It also provides a pleasant location for a quiet picnic via a handicap accessible path.

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