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Stephanie Jones and John Kundert’s garden – #20

Livermore

Lot size: 2,500 sq. ft., 90% native

Garden Age: Garden was installed in 2015

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

Showcase Feature
When John and Stephanie stopped watering their large water-guzzling front lawn it looked “terrible,” and it was clear that the lawn had to go. In its place, they wanted an attractive and sustainable garden that had a manicured look, and would be able to tolerate future droughts. Kat Weiss, of Kat Weiss Landscape Design, designed just that, and these hardworking homeowners sheet mulched, graded, laid the flagstone, built the sinuous dry stacked Utah Sunrise retaining walls, installed the drip irrigation, and planted. The result—a show-stopping elegant, spare, and modern garden that is sure to resonate with those seeking an alternative to the cottage garden style. The decomposed granite is Sierra ginger fines, which contrasts beautifully with the varying shades of greens in the five types of manzanitas, two kinds of California lilac, and the softer gray greens of the sages and fuchsias.

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• A $750 rebate was provided by Cal Water. Water use has dropped 60 to 70% since the garden was transformed.
• The semi-circular fire pit was incorporated into the front garden to make it easier to share homemade wine at impromptu gatherings with neighbors.
• A variety of fruit trees—Violette de Bordeaux fig, Pink Lady apple, persimmon, and a pear—were incorporated into the design.
• Designer Kat Weiss will be at this garden from 10:00-12:00.

Gardening for Wildlife jones-stephanie-1-of-8
Bumble and carpenter bees and butterflies are attracted to the rosy buckwheats, and California lilac. Hummingbirds are drawn to the fuchsias.

Garden Talks
11:00 “Five easy design ideas to do your own front garden, using four rocks, one pot, and twenty one plants” by Kat Weiss

Plant list

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