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Leslie’s Buck’s garden

Berkeley

Lot size: 300 sq. ft. front garden, 50 sq. ft. parking strip, 600 sq. ft. back garden, 90% native

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

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

Showcase Feature
Leslie is an aesthetic pruner and the author of the engaging garden memoir Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto (purchase and have your copy signed!), which tells the story of how she trained with traditional gardeners of Japan, working in some of the most naturally designed native gardens in the world. Leslie’s own back garden, ringed by trees surrounding a blue-eyed grass and lupine meadow, was designed to create the atmosphere and beauty found in nature, and to look like a piece of forest left behind in the city. The garden, with its restrained plant palette of natives that are naturally found in Tilden Park, can be enjoyed from the veranda, with its eclectic collection of found furniture (check out the gorgeous hand-carved chest), or by strolling on the woodchip path.

Other Garden Attractions 1
• Calling all artists! Sketch this garden or any of its plants with the art supplies that will be available, and tape your drawing(s) on the house.
• Calling all children! Roast marshmallows in the fire pit, color native plant sheets in the art area, and participate in a garden-related scavenger hunt.
• And finally, calling all book lovers! Purchase at the garden, or bring your own copy of Cutting Back, and ask Leslie to sign it.

Gardening for Wildlife 11
Berry-bearing plants, such as the toyon, pink-flowering currant, and coffeeberry attract birds. The sage, monkeyflower, buckwheat, and poppies in the riotously colorful front garden attract hummingbirds, native bees, and butterflies.

Garden Talks
2:00 “How to prune California natives” by Jocelyn Cohen

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