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Sep 20

Garden of Natives

Posted on September 20, 2016 at 10:05 AM by Ann Vallee

poppy for blogMarin-Friendly Garden in San Anselmo

Garden of nativesDriven by love and knowledge of local native plants, this homeowner transformed a simple hillside garden into a lush and colorful oak woodland experience! The green gardening mantra “right plant, right place" is exhibited among roughly 100 native plant species calling this garden home. Sun, shade, soil type, slope, and height at maturity are all taken into account as new native plantings are added.

Neighborhood-sourced needlegrass, fescue, and meadow sedge populate a small meadow once the site of a swimming pool, while native honeysuckle wind their way through the trellis archways. Local streets and driveways are cleared of oak leaf duff and the sweepings are repurposed as garden mulch.

This vibrant and diverse native garden is sustained without the need for potable water. New plantings are irrigated exclusively in their first year by hand-hauled gray water, captured in the shower and transported in repurposed containers. Once they’re established, these native plantings can thrive on their own.

Take a video tour of this Marin-Friendly garden below and scroll down for more photos.

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View more gardens on the Marin-Friendly Virtual Garden Tour.


Anonymous User
October 28, 2016 at 8:27 PM
Why aren't the plant photos labelled?
Ann Vallee
November 4, 2016 at 12:46 PM
Thank you for your great suggestion. As we continue to develop the Virtual Garden Tour, we are looking into including plant IDs and additional plant lists to provide more resources for our customers. In the meantime, we recommend visiting our Water-Wise Gardening website, where you will find a broad selection of labeled plant photos and helpful plant lists that you can print and take to the nursery:

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