Growing Natives Garden Tour 2010

College Terrace Garden (4 photos)

Garden #16, Palo Alto


Showcase Features: This professionally-designed garden provides a quiet oasis of nature surrounding this energy-efficient home, while shielding it from the public park next door

Other Garden Attractions: A courtyard-style entry area featuring a fountain is flanked by stacked-stone raised vegetable beds and pollinator, sun-loving plants including manzanita, coyote mint, hummingbird sage, and buckwheats, along with a variety of heritage fruit trees. The path leads into a native woodland community side yard dominated by large oaks shading Douglas iris, yerba buena, woodland strawberry, alum root, common rush, snowberry, and wild ginger. The back yard features a sunny meadow including yarrow, wildflowers and various grasses set between the entertainment patio complete with brick oven, a raised herb bed, and a gravel sitting and play area at an adobe wall that completely screens the adjacent public park.

Note: The garden owners originally battled an oxalis infestation in the meadow. Cape oxalis is an invasive weed that is difficult to eradicate because of its small and prolific bulbs. Pulling the plants in winter helps weaken them before their spring production of yellow flowers and seeds

Gardening for Wildlife: The owners provide bee and bat houses. A variety of birds, butterflies, and bats visit the garden

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 3

Garden Size: 4500 sq ft

Designer: Peigi Duvall, Indig Design
Installer: Rivera Landscaping

Click here to download the plant list in PDF format (from year 2008).

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