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Lorraine Kalich’s garden

San Ramon

Lot size: 1,100 sq. ft. front, 1,200 sq. ft. back garden, 80% native

Garden Age: Garden was installed in 2015

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

Showcase Feature
This tranquil garden, designed by the team at Susan Friedman Landscape Architecture, with supplemental planting and care by Pete Veilleux of East Bay Wilds, blends beautifully with the adjacent oak-studded hills of the Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve. Dry stream beds lined with naturally smooth Noiya cobblestones and small, rounded Lodi pebbles, and studded with yellow moss rock and Calistoga boulders, are focal points in both the front and back gardens. The potpourri of native grasses in the back garden and the proximity to the open space—there is no fence—create an unparalleled feeling of openness. Take a seat and enjoy the amazing view across the valley; you won’t want to leave this delightful oasis.

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• The Kalichs received over $1,000 in rebates from the East Bay Municipal Utility District.
• Weeds are hand-pulled; no pesticides are use in this—or any—Tour garden.
• Walk next door to see Melinda Bandler’s garden, and stroll just a few houses down to visit Nancy and Clark Vandell’s garden.

Gardening for Wildlife kalich-1-of-12-10
A bubbling yellow moss rock boulder fountain enhances the peaceful feeling of this garden. Nestled under a large maple, this living birdbath provides a water source not only to our avian friends but also to visiting coyote. The native plants provide a natural food source for nectar-lovers and seed-eaters alike, while hedges and boulders provide shelter and nesting spaces. Take a seat and watch for butterflies, red-tailed hawks, quail, and hummingbirds.

Garden Talks
12:00 “There are many benefits of retaining rainwater on-site! How to do it, and why” by Aisha Bouziane

Food in the Garden!
Enjoy delectably delicious delights, including pastries, pies, pop tarts, and more, from the Rolling Sloane’s pop-up cart.

11:00 and 2:00 “Choosing and caring for the right manzanitas, California lilacs, buckwheats, and sages for your garden” by Pete Veilleux of East Bay Wilds

Music in the Garden
3:00 Mike Thelen will play acoustic guitar and sing songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s, such as Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, the Beatles, and John Denver, among others

Plants Available
East Bay Wilds will sell native plants, including many varieties of the manzanitas, buckwheats, California lilacs, and sages featured in the talks (see the Vandell garden description for the talk schedule).

Seeds for Sale:
Wild Jules Crafted Seed Balls will sell a variety of grass seeds, as well as wildflower seeds for sun (including lupine, clarkia, gilia, and meadowfoam, and part shade (such as Chinese houses and five spot), and also perennial wildflower seeds (including milkweed, monkey flower, buckwheat and yarrow).

Plant list

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