Growing Natives Garden Tour 2010

Art Museum of Los Gatos Native Art Garden (2 photos)

Garden #60, Los Gatos


While this garden is open all year round, visiting it during the tour day provides an opportunity to ask the docents about any particularly interesting plants or features.

Address: 4 Tait Avenue, Los Gatos.

Directions: From Hwy 17, take the Hwy 9 exit and proceed west on Hwy 9. Turn left at the first light, University Ave. Follow University Ave to the T and turn right on W Main St. Proceed several blocks on W Main St and find the garden to the right at the corner of W Main St and Tait Ave.

Showcase Features: This small native garden replaces a resource-intensive lawn with a nature-friendly alternative that enhances the architecture of the building, while also furthering its artistic mission.

Other Garden Attractions: A dry creek theme dominates this professionally-designed garden. Large flagstones mounted vertically along the dry creek serve an artistic purpose while also masking utility elements of the building. The garden is heavily mulched with a large California gold gravel that serves as the canvas on which the native plants flourish. Two ceanothus near the front entrance will be focal points when they mature, along with a Louis Edmunds manzanita. Other shrubs include a Channel Island tree poppy, pink-flowering currant, bush sunflower, Cedros Island verbena, and toyon. The remainder of the installation is filled from a palette containing several species of California fuchsia, buckwheats, sages, and penstemons, along with showy milkweed, coyote mint, deer grass, giant wild rye, and Idaho fescue.

Gardening for Wildlife: All the plants in this garden will provide food and/or shelter for wildlife. A water feature (not on the tour) provides water.

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 2

Garden Size: 1200 sq ft

Designer: Alrie Middlebrook, Middlebrook Gardens
Installer: Volunteers from the California Native Garden Foundation

Click here to download the plant list in PDF format (from year 2009).

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