The Botanical Gardens
Regenerative Land Management is Key to a healthy and biodiverse Ecology
The first trees were planted in 2001 and have been added to annually. Many types of native plants have been added as well. Through trial and error plants that thrive in the various soils and exposures are being grown. One of the goals for the property is that this knowledge and information will be shared with the community. The involvement with the natural environment will serve to strengthen the connection for those involved, leading to art informed and inspired by this stewardship.
Through selective controlled burning, Cobb Mountain Art and Ecology Project continues to revitalizing the 80 acre forest surrounding the houses and studio. Cobb Mountain’s special microclimate is similar to the Sierra Nevada Mountain range and several plant species can be found in both locations. With regenerative land management the property has blossomed into a botanical garden with 90% of California native conifers on site. There are also countless native wildlife flowers coming up throughout the year.
The wood harvested from from selective clearing is used to heat the homes, the studio and to fuel the wood fire kilns. Additional wood from trees burned by wild fires in the area is also harvested and collected to be used as supplemental fuel for the buildings and kilns.