Meg McShannic and David Wallace’s garden

Walnut Creek

Lot size: ¼ acre, 50% natives

Garden Age: Native garden was installed in 2006.

Years on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour: 2

Showcase feature: This former flat sea of Bermuda grass was transformed by Michael Thilgen and the team at Four Dimensions Landscape Company into a private, California native plant meadow in the front, and a serene “secret garden” in the back. This low maintenance, low-water-consuming garden with a country feel was just what Meg and David wanted; since its transformation Meg reports that the garden has been used more in the past year than in the previous fifteen.


Other garden attractions:


Gardening for Wildlife: Dense shrubbery, the diversity of plant heights, trees for perching, and the fountain provide shelter and water for wildlife.

Garden Talks: Meet the designer, Michael Thilgen from 1:00- 3:00 pm. 2:00-2:30 “Choosing Natives for Hot Sunny Sites” by Michael Thilgen.

Plant list

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