Gardening is a popular hobby for many people in the Bay Area. Whether you live in downtown San Francisco or have property in Wine Country, you can grow flowers, plants and edibles. Many gardens in this region are designed to be environmentally friendly, especially when it comes to efficient water usage. Take a look at the gardens below to collect ideas for your own Bay Area garden.

North Bay & Wine Country

Garden Photos from Napa
Garden Design
Calimesa, CAA Photographer's ‘Picture-Perfect’ GardenThis Napa garden features a butterfly garden, a tunnel made out of roses, meandering paths, giant timber bamboo, and a labyrinth.
Winter in Petaluma, California
Sara Malone
Petaluma, CAWinter in Petaluma, CaliforniaThe story and photographs of one reader's winter garden in Petaluma, California.
California Dreaming: a Davis Dalbok garden
Living Green Design
San Francisco, CADavis Dalbok's Nor Cal Bungalow GardenThis San Rafael, California, garden is colorful and perfectly suited for parties.
Rudd Oakville Estate
Garden Design
Calimesa, CARudd Oakville Estate in Napa ValleyA party beneath olive trees at a winery in Napa is exactly as the garden's creators envisioned.
Garden Design
Calimesa, CABarbara Chevalier's Outdoor RoomsIn Stinson Beach, green walls frame a romantic setting for dramas of family life.
An Organic Kitchen Garden
MIX Garden
Healdsburg, CAHow to Plan an Heirloom Vegetable GardenAn organic kitchen garden in Healdsburg nourishes body, soul and the local community.
A Visit to Sandra Jordan's Farmhouse and Gardens
Garden Design
Calimesa, CASandra Jordan's Farmhouse and GardensSandra Jordan’s New-England-style farmhouse in Healdsburg has artichoke and cactus fields and expansive fruit and flower gardens.
Garden Design
Calimesa, CAWine Country GardensThese California wineries grow more than just grapes.

San Francisco & the Silicon Valley

Minimalist Garden, Small Lawn
Bernard Trianor + Associates
Monterey, CASmall Property Gets a Simple, Sustainable GardenThe clean lines of this minimalist garden in Palo Alto reveal that less is more.
Garden Design
Calimesa, CAZen and the Art of GardeningThe Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center faces out to the world.
Restored Gardens Of Alcatraz
Garden Design
Calimesa, CAMake an Escape to the Gardens of AlcatrazThe gardens at Alcatraz are now flourishing after 40 years of neglect.
Garden Design
Calimesa, CAGreenlee Nurseries - Master of Ornamental GrassesGrasses guru John Greenlee and landscape architect Ron Herman join forces at a Mediterranean-style estate in California.

East Bay

Berkeley Garden, Brandon Tyson
Mediterranean Berkeley Garden, Photo Gallery
Brandon Tyson
Berkeley, CABohemian Rhapsody: A Mediterranean Garden in BerkeleyDesigner and homeowner share a passion for plants in a jewel-box garden in Berkeley.
Twilight 1
Garden Design
Calimesa, CAA Taste of Italy in CaliforniaPlenty of Italian pavers, Terra Cotta and lush vegetation bring this once fire-ridden garden back to life in the hills of Oakland, California.

Central Coast & the San Joaquin Valley

Garden Design
Calimesa, CATales of a Big Sur BackyardThe hardest lesson to learn from gardening in the wild isn't how to clear, but when to leave well enough alone.
Bernard Trianor + Associates
Monterey, CAReclaiming a Coastal GardenWith an eye for the right plant in the right place, landscape designer Bernard Trainor reclaims a magnificent Carmel, California, site.
Rose Extravaganza in an Olive Grove
Christopher Whelan (Homeowner)
San Joaquin Valley, CARose Extravaganza in an Olive GroveThis magnificent rose garden in the San Joaquin Valley was created on the site of a family olive grove, which they've owned for half a century.


Resort-style Entertaining: This outdoor kitchen in the Sierra foothills of California is the social hub of a five-acre backyard

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