SmartGarden Program Ready for Public Input and Review

On Wednesday, March 4th, the Mill Valley Parks and Recreation Commission will meet to hear public input on the Mill Valley Library’s SmartGarden Program. Parks and Recreation will also review the 90% design plan for the SmartGarden and if approved, construction will begin in April 2015. The project is anticipated for construction in four stages. The first two stages of the proposed garden project, the majority of which is funded by a $40,000 “Pitch an Idea” grant from the California State Library, are anticipated for completion by the end of June 2015.

We need you! Your participation and input in the process are welcome and encouraged. Here’s how you can help the Library take this project to the next level.

*Attend upcoming Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 7pm.
*Provide public input and comments prior to the meeting to Public Works at

To view the design, click here. To view the staff report, search the City’s website under Parks and Recreation Commission, March 4, 2015 meeting agenda and staff reports. Residents can also stop by City Hall, Public Works (2nd floor) or the Mill Valley Public Library Reference Desk for a hard copy of the design.

For questions about the SmartGarden program, please contact Kristen Clark, Library Operations Manager, at 415-384-4730 or by email,

SmartGarden Update!

Though there’s still winter’s chill in the air, the Library’s SmartGarden program has its sights set squarely on spring. And we can’t wait to share the latest updates with you!

In late summer 2014, the Mill Valley Library announced to its patrons and members of the community that it had received a $40,000 grant award from the California State Library to initiate design and development of our SmartGarden. The SmartGarden is a demonstration garden that teaches the importance of native plants and the necessity of water management. The program’s goal is to inspire the local community about the benefits of harvesting water and creating a sustainable native garden and to promote grassroots change in people’s homes. Small changes at this level can have a huge impact on the preservation of our local environment.

Since receiving the grant last year, Library staff, landscape designers and water management experts have been working diligently to complete the design, assess local resource opportunities, and participate in public review sessions.

Mother Nature gave us a little surprise with the arrival of an early and plentiful rainy season. But who can really fault her, with the state-wide drought in effect! Though the recent storms and holiday rush gave us momentary delay with the program, we are pleased to let you know that we are on track in Phase One of the project. In the next month, our team will finalize the design plans and seek project approval at the Mill Valley’s Parks & Rec public review session on March 4, 2015.

While waiting for construction of the SmartGarden to begin, make sure to take advantage of our ongoing GardenSmart classes. We have a great lineup of educational opportunities for the new and veteran gardeners in our community, those interested in learning more about the right tools for your own garden space and even the Feng Shui of creating a healthy and dynamic garden in 2015. Visit our events calendar for more information.

The Library is so honored to have the support and commitment from our patrons and the community for the SmartGarden. Many people have already expressed interest in getting involved and we want to spread the word about all of the great things that will be happening with this innovative program.

With a brand new website, and new information on the project on a regular basis, we hope you will follow our posts and check back often for news of events, classes, and ways to get involved.

Grow with Us!

The SmartGarden Team