Lauren Kindorf’s garden

Clayton

Lot size: 2,800 sq. ft. front garden,

Garden Age: Garden was installed in stages, beginning in 2015

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

Showcase Feature
The drought was on (is it ever really over, in California?), and Lauren was ready for the thirsty lawn to go. Longtime friend Anna Wendorf of Anna Wendorf Design designed the new garden, and a $1,000 rebate from the Contra Costa Water District helped pay for the transformation. The open arrangement of this garden reflects the natural look of Marsh Creek, which is right across the street. Four types of manzanita— the groundcover Emerald Carpet, low growing gray-green Pacific Mist, mid-sized Sunset, and the stately Dr. Hurd—provide structure and greenery throughout the year.

Other Garden Attractions
• Stormwater from the roof is retained on-site in the cobblestone-lined dry streambed that wends through the garden. Keeping rainwater on the property allows the water to slowly filter into the ground, rather than running off to a storm drain. This helps protect the creek from eroding, provides a deep drink to the garden’s plants, and recharges the groundwater reserve.
• This garden is watered once a week throughout the spring and fall, and twice a week in the summer.
• The massed wheat-colored flowers of the Mendocino reed grass provide visual interest in the summer.

Gardening for Wildlife
Bees are attracted to the aptly named Bee’s Bliss sage. In the winter and spring the manzanitas delight the hummingbirds and native bees that visit their beautiful urn-shaped pink to cream-colored flowers for pollen and nectar.

Garden Talks
12:00 “How to design a native plant garden with curb appeal” by Anna Wendorf