The Hillside Club – garden #3


Lot size: 1,500 sq. ft. front garden, 85% native

Garden Age: Garden was installed in 2010

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

Showcase Feature
Inspired by the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, long-time Tour attendees and volunteers Carol Bier and Jana Olson eyed the large juniper hedge, agapanthus, and holly in front of the nearly hundred-year-old Hillside Club (which was founded in 1898 by women intent on preserving the natural beauty of the Berkeley hills), and they and other Hillside Club volunteers replaced the exotics with an inviting mix of elegant native azaleas, currant, ferns, and more, that thrive in the shade.

Other Garden Attractions hillside-club-1-of-12-5
• Children’s seed planting and native plant coloring stations will be available from 12:00-4:00.
• The redwood bench was designed by the architect Julia Morgan, and created using her molds.
• Bicyclists can lock their bikes against the custom-made hand-wrought bike racks.
• This garden is watered once every two weeks in the summer.
• Tours of the historic Hillside Club will be offered at 10:00 and 11:00. Are you interested in making friends while celebrating the arts and culture? New members are welcome! Ask how you can join the Hillside Club.
• Restrooms are available.
• From 10:00-1:00 freshly-squeezed lemonade, home-made baked goods, and heirloom tomatoes and sweet peppers will be available for sale.

Gardening for Wildlife hillside-club-1-of-12-7
The native plants in this garden provide nectar, seeds, and berries for butterflies, bees, and birds. Native bees adore the California lilac, which also creates a screen from the street and thrives on the sunny edge of the garden.

Plants Available
Seeds for poppies, columbine, and lots of other native flowers; divisions of Douglas iris; cuttings of buckwheat; seedlings for fuchsia and columbine, and more will be available in exchange for donations. All were propagated from Club members’ gardens.

Plant list with sketch

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