Cynthia and Richard Simons’ garden – #30

Castro Valley

Lot size: 2000 sq. ft. front and 6,000 sq. ft. back gardens, 90% native

Garden Age: Garden was installed in the spring of 2009

Years on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour: 2

Showcase Feature

Prior to its transformation the garden was lawn, juniper, and box hedges.  Inspired by the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, Cindy and Rick wanted to reduce water use, eliminate chemical use, and provide habitat for wildlife; after the Tour they went looking for a designer who could do the job. Now, low-water-consuming native bunchgrass “lawns” are the centerpieces of a series of flagstone and decomposed granite paths that lead one through the front and extensive back gardens. Designed and installed by the staff of Four Dimensions Landscape Company to blend in with the adjacent open space, this sunny garden invites visitors to relax and enjoy rural surroundings.

Other Garden Attractions simons-6_0

  • Enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Diablo and the East Bay Regional Park land from the back garden.
  • Water use has been reduced by 50%.

Gardening for Wildlife simons-4

Bees love the blooming ceanothus, swallowtail butterflies visit the salvia ‘Allen Chickering.’  California quail find newly sown wildflower seeds in the meadow, and birds frequent the water bowl.

Garden Talks

12:00   “Choosing natives for a sunny garden” and 3:00  “Replacing the lawn with meadows and native plants” by Kirsten Leitner Four Dimensions Landscape Company

Lush lawns giving way to water-friendly meadows

Cynthia and Richard Simons’ Plant list

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