Going Native Garden Tour 2018

Sand Box Garden (11 photos)

Garden #27, Sunnyvale


Showcase Features: This garden will give you inspiration to create your own pleasant and environmentally friendly outdoor spaces. Over the years the owner/designer has used this garden as a sandbox to experiment with sustainable and Bay-Friendly design practices. This garden has a strong prominence of California native plants and comprises of some Mediterranean plants, fruit trees, and vegetable boxes. This low-cost outdoor garden conserves water, welcomes admiring neighbors, and invites feathered friends and beneficial insects. In 2006 the front lawn was replaced with sun-loving sages and wildflowers. Sheet mulching was used to remove the front lawn. The back yard was redesigned to replace the remaining lawn with a decomposed granite patio and paths. The front entry path is made of broken-up urbanite from the site. Permeable material such as gravel and decomposed granite are used for the patio and walkways. Two rainwater barrels provide supplemental water for the vegetables garden. The landscape is maintained without gas powered tools or chemicals. Kitchen scraps and green waste are composted on site and used in the garden. Fallen leaves are used as natural mulch. Laundry water was diverted to be used in the landscape.

Other Garden Attractions: Valley Oak, Scrub Oaks, Toyon, Purple Sage, Coyote Bush, and Manzanitas give structure to the landscape. Redbuds, Groundcover Sages and Ceanothus, Monkey Flowers, native grasses, Douglas Irises, California Poppies, Blue Flax, Gillias and other wildflowers highlight the landscape. The garden design respects the micro-climatic conditions of the site by arranging plants that have similar needs together. Plants from riparian and redwood plant communities are in shaded areas with extra seasonal water. Shady dry areas are planted with oak woodland plants, the sunny dry areas are taken up with grassland and chaparral plants.

Gardening for Wildlife: Wildlife is encouraged by providing food, water, shelter, and nesting sites in the garden. Mature trees provide nesting sites. Layered plantings of dense shrubs and trees provide shelter. A wide variety of local native plants provide food. The garden includes a bird bath and a small fountain for fresh water.

Garden Talk: 10AM and 12 PM: Justin Burks of the Santa Clara Valley Water District will give a short presentation on this site's laundry-to-landscape graywater system, how they applied for and received a $200 rebate for the system, and graywater best practices. Justin will be available after his presentation to answer your questions about making graywater work with your landscaping. This free educational opportunity will be a great opportunity to experience how a graywater system works in a native garden. Learn how to safely reuse water from washing machines to irrigate your landscape!

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 16

Garden Size: 4000 sq ft

Designer: AFLA Landscape Architecture - Ashini Fernando
Installer: Ashini Fernando with help of Benz's Landscaping and Tree Care - Benz Godinez

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