Growing Natives Garden Tour 2014

Stern Backyard Sanctuary (7 photos)

Garden #22, Sunnyvale


Showcase Features: The front yard features 100% native plants and a permeable driveway. The backyard is a perfect combination of urban entertaining, conservation, and encouraging beneficial insects and birds. Two seating areas, one with a fire pit, invite the visitor to linger and enjoy the tranquil oasis. The large windows at the back of the house give the homeowner a view of the serene garden. The herb garden and a henhouse are near the kitchen area for quick access to eggs and herbs. Citrus, strawberries, blueberries, wild grape, kiwi, and other fruit trees are complemented by some California natives, which attract pollinators.

Other Garden Attractions: The garden was cemented and included old landscaping and a swimming pool. The cement was removed and the pool professionally filled and sloped before replanting with edibles and natives. An existing lawn was replace with a smaller mowless bunch grass lawn.

Gardening for Wildlife: Plant choices encourage birds and beneficial insects.

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 1

Garden Size: 7300 sq ft

Designer: Ashley Carter, Alrie Middlebrook
Installer: Middlebrook Landscaping

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

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