On a crisp spring morning inside the community gardens, sparrows, bluebirds, warblers, and finches converse amongst the trees. Over the past seven years the Community Gardens of Santa Clarita has grown from being a place for residents to grow organic produce to an environmentally safe space for many different species of birds. Everyday inside the community gardens is a community working hard to pollinate our plants, decompose our compost, rid our garden of pests, and greet us with a happy tune.
When I was fortunate enough to sit on the garden council and some of the garden committees, I wanted to make the gardens a community that wanted to work together, celebrate together, and enjoy one another. Little did I know as our human community started to come together so did our insect community, our rodent community, and more importantly our bird community. The Community Gardens are home to a bluebird nesting box, which has been up and used for three seasons in a row. We use barn owl nesting boxes for rodent control, inviting some of our nocturnal winged friends into the gardens. Our orchards are home to warblers, finches, and sparrows. The garden plots host hummingbirds with some of the most beautiful colors.
For more information regarding Bluebirds, Barn Owls, and Monarch's check out our Learning Stations Section.