Going Native Garden Tour 2011

ELSEE (The Environmental Laboratory for Sustainability and Ecological Education) (9 photos)

Garden #61, San Jose

 

This garden is open all year round. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, no docents will be available in 2020.

Address: 76 Race St., San Jose (click the address to show it on a map).

Directions: From 880, take exit 2 for the Alameda toward San Jose. After 1.2 miles, turn onto Race St. In .1 mile you will reach 76 Race St. on the left.

Showcase Features: This nursery and educational center has a mix of beautifully grown native plants and edibles. The centerpiece of the space is a butterfly-shaped raised bed. It is planted with a red fescue lawn mix mixed with butterfly-friendly flowers. Permeable gravel and concrete are used as paths and driveways.

Other Garden Attractions: The perimeter of the garden has mature native shrubs that have grown to amazing sizes. Some outstanding specimens include a large Lavatera assurgentiflora shrub that provides colorful pink blooms for much of the year, along with fragrant purple verbena lilacina and coffeeberry. A fremontodendrodron is espaliered against the fence.

Gardening for Wildlife: This urban site was formerly a concrete parking lot. Wildlife is attracted with several water features, greywater/constructed wetland, pond, shrub cover, oak trees, sycamore, elderberry. Visitors include song birds, birds of prey, urban birds, hummingbirds, native bees, praying mantis, butterflies, ants, lizards, tree frogs.

Garden Talk: 10AM and 1PM - 12 Months of Color in the Garden

Plant Sale: On tour day, Middlebrook Gardens will conduct a plant sale at this garden. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Going Native Garden Tour. Please pay with cash or check.

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 9

Garden Size: 11,300 sq ft

Designer: Alrie Middlebrook, Middlebrook Gardens
Installer: Middlebrook Gardens

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