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Nancy McKee-Jolda and Robert Jolda’s garden

Piedmont

Lot size: 670 sq. ft. front garden, 80% native, 770 sq. ft. back garden, 45% native

Garden Age: Garden was installed in stages, beginning in 2011

Years on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour: 2

Showcase Feature

Inspired by the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, Nancy and Robert sheetmulched their front lawn away, then designed their own native plant garden. Not satisfied with the result, three years later they found Jude Hawley of Wild Sage Gardens, who reimagined the garden—adding raised beds to provide drainage and visual interest, moving plants to places where they were happier, grouping plants by water needs, and, ultimately, creating the charming, colorful, pesticide-free and water-conserving garden you see today.

Other Garden Attractions jolda-3-of-14 • Water use has been reduced since the lawn was removed.

Gardening for Wildlife The Jolda’s wanted to provide habitat for wildlife, and they knew that California native plants are better at providing food, shelter, and nesting areas for local bees, butterflies, and birds than plants from Australia, South Africa, and the Mediterranean. It worked! Songbirds enjoy the plants of varying heights, and the berries on the thimbleberry, huckleberry, and coffeeberry. Hummingbirds adore the hummingbird sage. Sphinx moths flutter through the garden, as do a variety of butterflies. Bees visit the clarkias. Birds and native bees sip water from the birdbath. jolda-8-of-14

Music in the Garden Black Eyed Possum will perform old time mountain music, featuring fiddle, guitar and banjo, from 1:00-2:00

Front garden plant list

Back garden plant list

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