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Joanna and Andrew Katz’ garden

Oakland

Lot size: 1.500 sq. ft. back garden, 90% native

Garden Age: Garden was installed in February of 2009

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

Showcase Feature While visiting gardens on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, Joanna and Andrew saw a garden created by Liz Simpson Garden Design, and knew that Liz was the one they wanted to work with to create a child-friendly discovery garden from their then concrete-and-grass back yard. Liz designed the garden, and provided guidance every step of the way; Andrew and Joanna did the work.  They removed the concrete, sheet-mulched the lawn (Interested in removing yours?  Just ask how!), created contours, and planted a vibrant mélange of plants selected from the chaparral, oak woodland, and grassland plant communities. Other Garden Attractions katz-7

  • Buckeyes, manzanitas, and California lilac anchor the garden.
  • Curving wood chip paths (the mulch was delivered free by arborists) wend through the gentle slope.
  • A small water-conserving red fescue meadow, bordered by cheerful native buttercups, offers a soft place for children to romp, and to enjoy the sights and scents of the garden.
  • The prolific vegetable garden is located in a flat, sunny area.
  • The designer, Liz Simpson, will be at this garden all day.

Gardening for Wildlife katz-3 To provide nectar and pollen for bees (carpenter, bumble, and honey), butterflies, and hummingbirds, plants that would provide a seasonal succession of blossoms for most of the year were selected. Deadheading is limited in order to leave the seeds for wildlife. Salamanders call this garden home. Garden Talks 12:00 and 3:00 “How to interpret garden microclimates into a native plant community-inspired design” by Liz Simpson Plant list

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