Sierra 2 Center for the Arts & Community was awarded $10,000 from the Sacramento County TOT Grant program to build a native plant demonstration and learning garden at the front (West) entrance of the center on 24th Street.
Sierra 2 will partner with Miridae Living Labs, a non-profit that promotes the ecological role of native plants and insects. With the help of local volunteers, the garden will include bug and butterfly-friendly, low maintenance and drought-tolerant native plants, interpretive signage, a seed-disbursing sculpture, and educational opportunities through the Learnery at Sierra 2.
Turf Conversion at Sierra 2 Center
The community is encouraged to get involved in this project! Volunteers will be needed for community work days in the fall of 2021 to help prepare the land and aid in the installation of drip irrigation and planting.
Become a Garden Volunteer
Buy Native Plants at the Miridae Mobile Nursery
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Buy native plants for your own garden to provide additional habitat for creatures in our neighborhood or just check out the wide variety of plants available! Stop by any time within the window.
Volunteer Workday: Install Irrigation, Remove Concrete
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Help us install drip irrigation as we convert sprinklers to drip lines and remove some concrete. Remember to bring gloves, water, sunblock, a mask, and perhaps a shovel or sledgehammer.
Volunteer Workday: Planting and Mulching
Saturday, Oct 30, 2021: 8:00am – 12:00pm
It’s our big Planting and Mulching day! Help us get plants into the ground! Remember to bring gloves, water, sunblock, a mask, and perhaps a shovel or spade.
Submit a Testimonial About the Garden
Garden Classes at the Learnery
Look out for garden-related classes, lectures, and workshops around our new garden! Community members can learn about garden design, plants, and ecological science through garden-based classes at the Learnery. Classes will include arts and crafts like building a birdhouse, bat box, insect hotel, or bird feeder, and landscape photography and portraits in the garden. Self guided tours will include signage and QR codes to web pages about native plant benefits, care, and habitat notes. Future programming may include lectures and classes on how native plant fragrances are used in nature, edible plants and their uses, and identification of backyard bugs.
Meet Our Partner, Miridae Living Labs
Miridae Living Labs aims to promote the crucial ecological role of native arthropods and plants through hands-on mobile science education, “living lab” gardens throughout the region, California native arthropod propagation, and an on-site insectarium. They seek to encourage native arthropod communities in human-occupied ecosystems and regional conservation goals. Learn more at www.miridaelivinglabs.org.