Marilyn and Carl Hirsch's Garden

Walnut Creek

Gardening experience: Native plant garden is 10 months old

Garden size: 3,700-square-foot backyard only on tour

Showcase feature: A splashing fountain is the centerpiece of a series of flagstone and decomposed granite paths that leads one artfully through this extensive back garden. Designed and installed by Michael Thilgen and the staff of Four Dimensions Landscape Development to blend in with the adjacent open space, this sunny garden, with its numerous seating areas, invites visitors to relax and enjoy the blend of garden amenities and the rural surroundings. California natives combine well in this lovely garden with drought-adapted and habitat-enhancing Mediterranean species.


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Gardening for wildlife: The sound of falling water and several bird feeders attract hummingbirds and finches, while butterflies and bees happily flit and buzz nearby. Coyotes and cows cruise the fence line.


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