Growing Natives Garden Tour 2014

Maxwell/Hanrahan Garden (2 photos)

Garden #12, Portola Valley


Showcase Features: This spacious property borders on open space and is nestled against a backdrop of graceful coast live oaks, monterey pines and coast redwoods. About half of the property is under cultivation and includes an unusually large variety of native species. The homeowners are knowledgeable gardeners who welcome local wildlife into their unfenced garden.

Other Garden Attractions: Mediterranean plants share the space with natives in the entrance garden. The wild areas on the hillsides includes native bulbs, needlegrasses, toyon, coffeeberry, manzanita, ceanothus, pitcher sage, coyote brush, chamise, poison oak, hillside gooseberry, sticky monkeyflower, blue elderberry and yerba buena. The back garden has many more surprises, where exotic and native succulents, sages, snowberry, coast silk tassel, matilija poppy, oceanspray, bush anemone and California goldenrod mingle in rock garden beds. Gravel paths meander through the beds and along the outskirts of the garden, where planted merge seamlessly into the surrounding natural landscape.

Gardening for Wildlife: This is a habitat garden and is visited by rabbits, deer, coyotes, bobcats, many kinds of birds and insects, gopher snakes, frogs, woodrats and squirrels.

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 18

Garden Size: 1.12 acres

Designer: Homeowners
Installer: Homeowners

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