David Loeb’s garden

Berkeley

Lot size: 99% native

Garden Age: Garden was installed in stages, beginning in 2003

Years on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour: 4

Showcase Feature
Dappled sunlight filters through the branches of the large coast live oak trees in David Loeb’s garden; beneath the oaks and under a small bridge, flows Blackberry Creek, a year-round stream fed constantly by springs in the Berkeley hills. The oaks and bays are descendants of the groves of oak woodlands that once followed the course of many creeks from the East Bay hills to the Bay. This shady garden, originally designed by Michael Thilgen and the team at Four Dimensions Landscape in 2004, contains native plants from the riparian oak woodland plant community, relying on woodland shrubs and herbaceous plants for the shaded areas of the garden and native bunchgrasses and meadow flowers for the sunnier spots above the creek and in the front. This evergreen landscape is a haven for both the owner and a wide variety of bird species, from Bewick’s wrens and chickadees to California towhees and Townsend’s warblers.

Other Garden Attractions
• 99% local native plants bring the flavor of the natural world into this garden.
• Check out the attractive driveway strip.
• Walk around the block to Delia and John Taylor’s garden.

Gardening for Wildlife
The combination of creek and native foliage attracts bird and insects. The diversity of local native plants such as hazelnut, snowberry, and ocean spray brings in birds such as chickadees, titmice, bushtits, Townsend’s warblers, towhees, hermit thrushes, and black phoebes. Bewick’s wrens began nesting here after the garden was transformed.

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