Pacific Southwest Region Viewing Area


Penstemon heterophyllus blooming in the south-facing rock garden.
Foothill penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus) blooming in spring of 2008 in the south-facing rock garden.

Penstemon newberryi in the dry meadow, pollinator garden bed.
Pride of the Mountains (Penstemon newberryi) in the same bed in spring of 2009. Thanks to thorough soil preparation and healthy native plant stock, the beds have filled in very quickly.

Agency representatives and local tribal members planting the oak beds.
Agency representatives and local tribal members planting the oak beds.

Agency representatives and local tribal members planting the riparian bed.
Planting the riparian bed.

Leopard lily adjacent to aspen at the quail pond.
Leopard lily (Lilum pardalinum) adjacent to aspen at the quail pond.

Photos courtesy of the Shasta-Trinity Native Plant Restoration Program.

Mt. Shasta Interpretive Garden:
Highlighting Native Plants for Pollinators

Forest: Shasta-Trinity National Forest

District: Shasta-Mcloud Management Unit

Description: The new interpretive garden on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest features native plants for pollinators. Other highlights include food and cover for wildlife, fire dependent species, Northern California endemic plant species, and plants traditionally used by Native Americans in this area.

The garden displays some of the local habitats including the eastside pine forest, Klamath mixed conifer forest, oak woodland, serpentine barren, subalpine meadow, and riparian aspen. Each of these habitats contain a variety of wildflowers and flowering shrubs, which naturally attract native birds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

Interpretive sign about Restoring the Sagebrush Steppe.
Interpretive sign at the Mt. Shasta Interpretive Garden about “Restoring the Sagebrush Steppe”. (PDF Version, 7.9 MB)

Interpretive sign about Fire Dependent Species.
Interpretive signs at the Mt. Shasta Interpretive Garden about “Fire Dependent Species”. (PDF Version, 8.0 MB)

Wildflowers in the garden beds include penstemon (Penstemon), wild buckwheat (Eriogonum), woolly sunflower (Eriophyllum lanatum), arnica (Arnica), lupine (Lupinus), columbine (Aquilegia formosa), dogbane (Apocynum), lily (Lilium pardalinum and L. washingtonianum) to name a few. The flowering shrubs include currants and gooseberries (Ribes spp.), roses (Rosa), western chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. demissa), Klamath plum (Prunus subcordata), coffeeberry (Rhamnus californica), Douglas spiraea (Spiraea douglasii), Shasta snow wreath (Neviusia cliftonii), hazelnut (Corylus cornuta var. californica), Pacific and red-stem dogwoods (Cornus nuttall and, C. sericea). Many of the local bunchgrasses are also represented in the interpretive garden.

The garden's quail pond, funded by the Forest Service Native Plant Materials program, was built in 2009 and is being used by our resident quail population. The garden was built and planted on a shoestring budget with the ingenuity of the botany and greenhouse staff.

On October of 2008, the Shasta Trinity National Forest hosted members of the local tribes and agency representatives visiting for the Native American Gathering Policy Celebration and together planted over 200 shrubs, forbs, and grasses in the new garden beds. Many of these plants will bloom in the late spring and summer and are important for the native pollinators.

We invite the public to stop by and learn about these flowering plants before visiting the forest. Local gardeners will not only appreciate the beauty of our wildflowers and native pollinators, but also the potential for water conservation by using drought tolerant species.

Directions: The display garden is adjacent to our greenhouse and plant propagation grounds on the Forest Service compound just two minutes off Interstate-5, approximately one hour north of Redding, California, and 45 minutes south of Yreka, California. Take the central Mt. Shasta exit (#738) into town and go straight through the first light and turn left on Pine (the next street). At the stop sign turn right to park in front of the main office, or go straight at the stop sign and turn right into the Forest Service back parking lot. The greenhouse and display garden are on the north side of the parking lot.

Ownership and Management: U.S. Forest Service, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Shasta-McCloud Management Unit Office in Mt. Shasta (530) 926-9611; Botany & Greenhouse Office (530) 926-9665.

Closest Town: Mt. Shasta, California.