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Natalie and Armand’s garden

Alameda

Lot size: 310 sq. ft. front, 130 sq. ft. parking strip, 120 sq. ft. side, and 560 sq. ft. back garden, 90% native

Garden Age: Garden was installed in 2016

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

Showcase Feature
Long-time Tour attendees Natalie and Armand had tried to design their garden themselves but weren’t happy with the outcome, and finally realized they needed help from a professional. The resulting beautiful garden, designed and installed by Pete Veilleux of East Bay Wilds, is a delightful example of how a small garden can be transformed into an attractive space that invites both people and pollinators to linger.

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• The pink concrete driveway and a brick wall were removed and partially re-used in the recently installed hand-set driveway strips and in the curvaceous back patio. Removing the driveway allows rainwater to drain naturally into the soil, providing a prolonged drink to the garden’s plants.
• Watch your footing in the back garden, near the stairway.

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This garden is attractive year-round; it is especially vibrant in summer—and the visual appeal does not go unnoticed by the pollinators! Hummingbirds sip nectar from the red fuchsias, electric purple-blue penstemon, and red and yellow monkeyflowers. Butterflies adore the red flowers of the rosy, and the cream-colored blossoms of the Santa Cruz Island and naked stem buckwheats. Bees gather pollen from, and happily buzz the purple sages and orange poppies.

Garden Talks
11:00 “How to make the most of your small garden space” by Natalie

1:00 “How to select plants for small gardens” by Pete Veilleux

2:00 “Great manzanitas, California lilacs, and buckwheats for your garden” by Pete Veilleux

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