Growing Natives Garden Tour 2011

Portola Valley - Town Center Facilities (8 photos)

Garden #8, Portola Valley


While this garden is open all year round, visiting it during the tour day provides an opportunity to ask the docents about any particularly interesting plants or features.

Address: 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley (click the address to show it on a map).

Directions: From the North Bay:
1. Take interstate 280 South to the Sand Hill Road exit
2. Bear right at the exit to head West on Sand Hill Road
3. Sand Hill Road turns into Portola Road at approximately 2.3 miles
4. Continue 2.0 miles to the Town Center at 765 Portola Road
5. The entrance to the Town Center is on the right, just after the Christ Church Episcopalian church

From the South Bay:
1. Take interstate 280 North to the Alpine Road/Portola Valley exit
2. Turn left onto Alpine Road
3. Continue approximately 3 miles and turn right on Portola Road
4. Continue approximately 1.5 miles on Portola Road
5. The entrance to the Town Center is on the left at 765 Portola Road

Showcase Features: Portola Valley's Town Center Facilities are a shining example of garden-like plantings, redwood groves, native oak savannas with grassland, and a creek restoration with willows, dogwoods, rushes and sedges. This native paradise invites visitors to rest on the benches, gaze at the mountains, and enjoy the song of the birds and frogs!

Other Garden Attractions: The areas close to the buildings are planted with seaside daisy, buckwheat, young oaks, snowberry, coffeeberry, sages and blue elderberry. The redwood grove is accented by vine maple and ferns.

Gardening for Wildlife: Bordering on open space, the area is visited by hawks, herons, swallows and songbirds, frogs, snakes, lizards, and by a variety of pollinators.

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 4

Garden Size: 11 acres

Designer: Lutsko Associates with assistance from local designers Alex Von Feldt and Danna Breen.
Installer: Bothman Company and Acterra volunteers

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