Carol Baird and Alan Harper’s garden – #15


Lot size: 5 acres, 100% natives in the oak woodland and on the dry stream bed restoration trail

Garden Age: This hillside restoration has been carried out in stages, beginning in 2003

Years on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour: 5

Showcase Feature

A majestic north-facing oak and bay woodland with a thriving, diverse understory of native plants graces this lovely property.  If you have oaks, this garden is a must-see!  Wear sturdy shoes and take the narrow path up the slope through the intact native woodland, which is tended by Anita Bueno of BuenoLuna Landscape Design.


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  • Elsewhere, a trail leads to a dry stream recently restored from a hemlock infestation and now planted with sword ferns and other native plants.






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In May, variable checkerspot, swallowtail, and other butterflies are frequently seen, as are alligator and western fence lizards, and a variety of native bees. More rarely seen are slender salamanders, ring-necked and gopher snakes, and western rattlers. Commonly seen birds include Anna’s hummingbirds, Hutton’s vireos, and orange-crowned warblers, but western tanagers, and even a piliated woodpecker, have been spotted.


Garden Talks

11:00 and 2:00 “Sculpture in Nature: forming metal to create functional art, such as chairs, trellises, gates, and fences, that work with the environment and your garden” by Jamie Vaida, of Vaida Metals Sculpting

12:00, 1:00, 4:00 “How to restore an oak-bay understory” (meet on the driveway where the path goes up into the woodland)” by Alan Harper and Anita Bueno

2:30 “Restoring a hemlock thicket to a native dry stream bed” by Alan Harper (meet next to the garage)


Music in the Garden

11:00-1:30 Gifted vocalist, guitar, banjo, cello, and piano player Helen Casabona will play blues, folk, and perhaps some classical music.

Plants for Sale

Lost Valley Nursery will sell a variety of native perennials, shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers.

Plant list

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