Growing Natives Garden Tour 2010

Native and Edibles Paradise (4 photos)

Garden #45, San Jose


Showcase Features: Charming, family-friendly garden that integrates native plants, common and unique edibles and sustainable gardening practices.

Other Garden Attractions: The front yard features a small Idaho fescue lawn surrounded by native plants, including bush poppy and white and blue-flowered ceanothus, and permeable paving. The driveway was cut back to make narrow beds on either side that are planted with native huckleberry and gooseberries and espalier fruit trees. This area is watered by low-tech graywater irrigation: bringing out basins of dishwater. The back yard has a chicken coop made with recycled materials and a zip line above raised beds of native plants and vegetables. In a narrow side yard Western blue elderberry is used for screening and to provide summer shade. Arroyo willow, along with a grapevine, is being trained to shade a sitting area.

Gardening for Wildlife: Native plants provide food and shelter for birds and insects.

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 2

Garden Size: 3000 sq. ft.

Designer: Alrie Middlebrook, Middlebrook Gardens
Installer: Middlebrook Gardens

Plant list: In preparation, will be linked later...

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