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Dan and Lisa Wanket’s garden

Concord

Lot size: 1,700 sq. ft. front garden, 80% native

Garden Age: Garden was installed in December of 2015

Years on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour: New this year!

Showcase Feature
This charming front garden, designed by Kelly Marshall of Kelly Marshall Garden Design, contains a waterfall, stream, and shallow pond, which birds love to bathe in, and Dan and Lisa love to relax by. The delicate leaves and sky blue flowers of our native flax brighten the garden from March through late summer; they blend beautifully with the Mendocino reed grass, with its arching blue-green foliage, and sprays of wheat-colored seedheads. Evergreen prostrate California lilac functions as groundcover, delighting the bees in spring with its beautiful blue flowers, and everyone else the rest of the year with its glossy, dark green leaves.

Other Garden Attractions wanket-1-of-9-7
• This garden is contoured with gentle undulations that work with the natural slope of the terrain.
• The meandering flagstone path adds to the woodsy, natural feel of this garden.
• Weeds are pulled by hand; no pesticides are used in this—or any—Tour garden.

Gardening for Wildlife wanket-1-of-9-6
Three types of manzanita—the tall, purple-barked ‘Louis Edmunds’, wine-red barked ‘Sentinel’, and the low-growing ‘Big Sur’—attract wildlife. Birds adore the manzanita berries, hummingbirds, butterflies, and moths sip the nectar, and bees collect pollen from the cream-colored to pink urn-shaped blossoms. Chestnut-backed chickadees, lesser goldfinches, mourning doves, quail, and black-headed grosbeaks visit the garden for seeds, nesting material, dirt baths, and water. A gray fox checks out the garden in the evening. The large moss rock boulders scattered throughout the garden are not only attractive, but they also provide places for lizards to lounge.

Garden Talks
10:00 and 2:00 “How to receive Lawn to Garden Rebates and Design Assistance”
11:00 and 1:00 “*No average front yards allowed! How to take the space you’ve got and make the most of it with native plants” by Kelly Marshall

Plant list

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