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Michelle Minor and Milt Friedman’s garden

Alameda

Lot size: 1,050 sq. ft. front garden on tour, 80% native

Garden Age: Garden was installed in the fall of 2008

Years on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour: 2

Showcase Feature

This shady garden started as solid lawn bisected by a straight concrete path.  After Michelle took Glen Keator’s class on how to design a native plant garden out went the lawn, and in came the natives.  Michelle’s goal was to “bring the garden into the living room.”  To accomplish this, a beautiful glazed pot was turned into a burbling fountain and placed in one of the wide, curvaceous garden beds close to the house.  Riparian plants were planted in the deep shade next to the house; sturdy chaparral plants that needed more sun, such as penstemon and fuchsia, were placed closer to the sidewalk.  This attractive, low-maintenance garden was designed by Michelle; installation was a family affair.

Other Garden Attractions minor5

  • The spacious “flagstone” path is really the former driveway, cut, stained, and artfully laid by Kohi Moa of K. Construction.
  • Don’t miss the “before” photos!
  • Lemonade and cookies will be provided.

Gardening for Wildlife minor-8
Bees adore the sages (sand hill, creeping, and Cleveland); hummingbirds are drawn to the red, tubular flowers of the fuchsia, and butterflies love the large, cream-colored, nectar-filled landing pads (aka flowers) on the Santa Cruz island buckwheat.

Garden Talk

12:00 and 2:00 “How to build, power, and light your own fountain” by Milton Friedman

Michelle Minor’s Front Garden Plant List

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