Going Native Garden Tour 2011

Bret Harte Garden (4 photos)

Garden #51, San Jose

 

Showcase Features: This sloping front yard was transformed in 2009 when a native plant garden replaced a weedy lawn under existing large redwood trees. Gently raised berms separated by small gullies channel rainwater to a dry creek bed. A path meanders to a flagstone bridge over the dry creek bed. California sages, manzanita and sagebrush are the backbone of the garden, with yarrow, California fuchsia, native rudbeckia and verbena lilacina for color. A bench in the shade of the redwoods allows the homeowners to relax to enjoy the garden.

Other Garden Attractions: Annual wildflowers bloom in the parking strip. The yard is now pesticide and fertilizer free, and uses much less water than when the lawn was in place.

Gardening for Wildlife: Hummingbirds, butterflies and squirrels visit the garden. The large redwood trees provide shelter, while the native shrubs and flowers provide food.

Garden Talk: 11:00 and 1:00 - Easy garden for lazy gardner.

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 3

Garden Size: 700 sq ft

Designer: California Nativescapes - Rebecca Schoenenberger
Installer: California Nativescapes - Rebecca Schoenenberger

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