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Naomi Janowitz’ garden

Berkeley

Lot size: 500 sq. ft. front, 240 sq. ft. parking strip, and 100 sq. ft. back garden, 75% native

Garden Age: Garden was installed in 2011

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

Showcase Feature Got a small garden?  Wondering what to do with it?  If so, this garden is a must-see.  Designed by Corinne Louise Greenberg of Corinne Louise Design, a cheerful array of hardy, water-conserving native plants brightens the front garden. In spring the blues of the California lilac mingle with purple sages.  In late summer the pinks of rosy buckwheats and delicate dudleyas contrast nicely with creamy yarrows, red fuchsias, and orange monkeyflowers.  Rivers of native grass flow from an urn. Naomi wanted to do away with the water-guzzling lawn, the requisite mower, and the noisy leaf-blower.  As the self-proclaimed “world’s worst gardener,” she also wanted a low-maintenance garden, and she is delighted with the outcome. Other Garden Attractions janowitz-8

  • Matching green glazed pots planted with natives flank the front door entrance.
  • The diminutive back garden makes good use of very little space. The attractive water feature draws one to the far end of the garden; take a seat on the contemplative bench and enjoy the sound of falling water.

Gardening for Wildlife janowitz-7 Nectar and berry producing plants attract birds, and larval host plants were included to draw in butterflies.  Bewick’s wrens happily glean insects from leaves.  Hummingbirds are attracted to the tubular flowers of the monkeyflower and native fuchsia.  Carpenter, bumble, and honey bees frequent the garden. Garden Talks 1:00 and 3:00 “Wildlife habitat gardening” by Corinne Louise Greenberg Plant list

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