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Glen Schneider’s garden – garden #4

Berkeley

Lot size: 5,200 sq. ft. lot; 99% natives (except for vegetables and fruit trees)

Garden Age: Native garden was installed in 1998

Years on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour: 13

Showcase Feature

Glen has created a landscape reminiscent of what the Berkeley flats might have looked like prior to the arrival of Europeans.  The approach is restoration, the style is wild and natural, and the boundary between “garden” and “nature”  is dissolving. This garden contains more than ninety species of local native woodland and grassland plants grown from seeds and cuttings gathered from within three miles of Glen’s home; it now has the look and feel of the hills and woods beyond town. Plants grow over and into each other, seeding about and finding where they are most happy.  The total out-of-pocket cost of converting this garden from an English cottage garden to a native haven for wildlife was about $150. The natives, watered by rainfall only, receive no summer irrigation.

 

Glen Schneider’s gardenOther Garden Attractions

• Stop at the large California and Dwight traffic island (1.5 blocks south of Glen’s) and check out the natives that neighbors planted.

 

Gardening for WildlifeGlen Schneider’s garden

Native wildlife, especially the flying creatures, have returned in droves.  Berries, seeds, nuts, nectar, pollen, nesting areas, and shelter for wildlife are amply provided, and there is no deadheading in this wildlife- and insect-friendly garden. Native bees spend the night under dried yarrow flowers.  Forty-six  species of birds, twelve species of butterflies, and over two hundred species of insects and spiders have been found in the garden. Crickets chirp cheerily in the evenings—give them the habitat and they will return.

Garden Talk 11:00 and 2:00 “How to create a wildlife habitat garden using local native plants” by Glen Schneider

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