Jeff and Jacquie Kixmiller’s Garden


Gardening experience: 4 years

Years gardened at this location: Garden planted July, 2003

Size: 11,000 square feet

Showcase feature: Oak woodland, grassland meadow, and chaparral plants provide a sense of place in this lovely garden. A construction site with compacted soil just two years ago, the garden was designed and installed by Alrie Middlebrook of Middlebrook Gardens to meet the owner’s desires for a low water-consuming, low maintenance, pesticide-free garden. Original art was inspired by the natural plant community; graceful hand-sculpted coast live oak gates provide a view of the vineyard across the street. Oaks and acorns appear as art detail on gates, fences and water elements in the flagstone wall at the pool’s edge.


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Gardening for Wildlife: Natives such as monkeyflower, penstemon, California grape and toyon, oak trees, and a wildflower meadow with native bunchgrasses provide habitat for birds, butterflies, and bees. Birds are so comfortable here that in spring they nested on the porch.

Garden Talk: The designer, Alrie Middlebrook, will be available from 10:00 – 12:00 to discuss how she worked with the owners to design the garden, review the problems they encountered, and describe the merits of the plants that were installed. Bring photos of your own gardens to obtain design advice and plant recommendations!

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