Nancy Wenninger’s garden – #34

Walnut Creek

Lot size: 2/3 acre, 80% native

Garden Age: Garden was installed in stages, beginning in 2010

Years on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour: 3

Showcase Feature

This beautiful native plant garden, designed by Kat Weiss of Kat Weiss Landscape Design, was created to attract birds—and has it! More than ninety species of birds have been seen in Nancy’s garden, drawn by the diversity of plant heights, the water features, and the bounty of nectar, seed, and fruit-bearing plants. The sloping front garden, browsed by deer, contains plants that have survived their grazing. The inviting, sunny side patio is replete with wildflowers and happy bumblebees; take a seat in one of the Adirondack chairs and enjoy the view. The steep back garden is a luscious mixture of ferns and currants, coral bells, redwood sorrel, and other shade-loving natives. Nancy says that she “prefers the subtle tastefulness of natives,” as opposed to introduced plants. And she loves the wildlife habitat they provide.


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• No pesticides are used in this (or any Tour) garden! Nancy relies on the birds to keep pests under control.

• The junipers that were removed found second lives adorning the rustic fence.

• Visit the RecycleSmart table and learn how to make and use compost that will improve your soil, grow healthy plants, reduce the use of fertilizers and pesticides, improve water quality, and protect the environment. Recycle Smart residents can enter a free raffle!


Gardening for Wildlife wenninger-393

Cooper’s hawks bathe in the small pond. As the seasons turn, downy and Nuttall’s woodpeckers, bluebirds, sapsuckers, flickers, and varied, Swainson’s, and hermit thrushes flit through the garden. In the evenings barn and western screech owls call from their perches in the tall trees.

Garden Talks

12:00 and 3:00 ”Gardening for the birds” by Nancy Wenninger

Plant list

Bird list

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