Growing Natives Garden Tour 2010

College Park Native Garden (4 photos)

Garden #38, San Jose


Showcase Features: A small bungalow front yard is reborn as a shady woodland oasis of natives centered by a naturalistic fountain accented with metal sculpture.

Other Garden Attractions: This new garden shows that sustainable landscaping can be accomplished through DIY talent and on a shoe-string budget when working closely with a professional landscape designer. The Craftsman home said goodbye to its water-thirsty lawn and concrete hardscape, and now features a dry creek bed that drains rainwater away from the house, marked by a rock fountain surrounded by California gray rush. The old concrete path was resurrected as decorative urbanite walls for native bunch grasses, Pacific iris, evergreen huckleberry and woodland strawberry. Shrubs include coffeeberry and manzanita. Island alum root fills a large window box. A natural rock fountain and metal “cat-tails” birdfeeders encourage birds to visit the garden often.

Gardening for Wildlife: Hummingbirds, squirrels and lizards frequent the garden.

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 1

Garden Size: 900 sq. ft.

Designer: Julie Orr Design
Installer: Homeowner

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