Growing Natives Garden Tour 2013

Old Adobe Garden (7 photos)

Garden #14, Palo Alto


Showcase Features: This spectacular, professionally designed and well maintained garden is a feast for the eyes. In the front, colorful native buckwheats, low growing sage, and billowing manzanita are totally drought tolerant. In the back a large pond and stream with riparian plants, alders and birches are bordered by a grassy meadow popping with wildflowers in the spring. Toyon, sages, deer grass and other drought tolerant plants share the space.

Other Garden Attractions: In the meadow stepping stones trace out a labyrinth and provide paths. Throughout the acre garden large specimens of western spice bush, vine maple, ceanothus, silk-tassel bush and mtn. mahogany are understoried with a wide variety of smaller natives. Through the seasons, something is always blooming, providing nectar for the hummingbirds and pleasure for the garden visitor.

Gardening for Wildlife: This is a wildlife habitat garden. The numerous wild visitors include: fox, skunks, ground squirrels, squirrels, gophers, moles, rats, mice, gopher snakes, rattle snakes, fence lizards, salamanders, pacific chorus frogs, great blue heron, kingfisher, egret, mallard, bufflehead, hawks, northern flicker, California thrasher, scrub jay, mourning dove, California quail, mockingbird, black phoebe, American robin, barn swallow, sparrows, finches, hummingbirds, flies, mosquitoes, bees, wasps, butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, various bugs, beetles, ants, spiders, aphids, ladybugs, occasional preying mantis.

Plants Available: On tour day, CNPS Plant Nursery will conduct a plant sale at this garden. 20% of the proceeds will benefit the Going Native Garden Tour. Please pay with cash or check.

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 15

Garden Size: 1 acre

Designer: J. Horn/J. Plant
Installer: Grimes Natural Landscape and Kirtley Landscaping

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