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Mar 13

Garden Tour Sneak Peek

Posted on March 13, 2019 at 7:54 AM by Sonam Kaur

If rainwater capture is something that interests you, be sure to check out this Terra Linda garden that nicely demonstrates how to take advantage of our wet winter weather. Rather than letting excess water run off the property, water collected on the rooftop is directed into below-ground catch basins within the landscape, which capture and hold rainwater on site. Collecting water in this manner—and letting it spread out and sink into the landscape more slowly—helps mitigate flooding issues, filter out pollutants, and recharges the groundwater supply below. Besides functionality, you’ll notice the added benefit of visual variation that the rocks and Juncus plants provide to the garden. 

The backyard of this property is not to be missed either. Besides more bioswales, it’s anchored by a large oak tree in the rear and is chock-full of colorful salvias, sages, fuscia and yarrow. Raised planter beds offer up bushy crops of veggies and herbs, nicely supplemented by produce from nine citrus and nine fruit trees. Another interesting and important feature is the almost unnoticeable laundry-to-landscape system that helps water a line of citrus trees running along the side of the property, and stems from the clothes washer in the garage. This garden is also proudly pesticide free! 

Don’t forget to register for the Eco-Friendly Garden Tour and get a chance to see this property for yourself! The tour is free and takes place on May 4 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Read more about the tour.

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