5. A Woodland Garden—Huntington Beach

This woodland garden is planted under nonnative pines that existed on the property. The front garden is carpeted in Beach Strawberry. The planting areas are not large but the garden is quite effective. This garden is showing us a different type of native garden than we typically see.

6. Golden West College Native Garden—Huntington Beach

Although as with any garden, this one is still a work in progress. Its basic plantings are well established with mature Sycamore, Oak, Redbud, Pine, Madrone, and others providing the backdrop. The garden is divided into ecological groupings with most areas of the state’s vegetation zones represented. The garden is open to the public with details available on its website. On tour day, there will be people in the garden to answer questions.


7. A Garden for Birds and Butterflies—Huntington Beach

Abundant with wild flowers this native garden is on a corner lot giving the gardeners lots of room to play with. There is a lot of variety with much to see in this garden. The owner took out the corner lot lawn in 2009 and planted a native habitat garden with an eye toward bringing in as many types of butterflies as would come. Benches provide a place to sit while watching the birds that come to the fountain or resting and enjoying the native plant fragrance. A bluebird box has had some activity and owner is hoping for baby bluebirds again this year. On the wild side with surprises around every corner.

8. The Lawn is Gone and more—Huntington Beach

The front garden, installed one year ago, had a tall problematic juniper hedge, which was much more appreciated by the neighbors than by the owner. The resolution, in an inspired suggestion by design consultant Dan Songster, produced a beautiful backdrop for a shade forest understory planting while keeping the neighbors happy with their side of the hedge intact. In place of a boring lawn, a dry riverbed cutting across the front yard was installed, with an underground basin to catch rainwater. A young Western Redbud, Canyon Sunflower, various Ceanothus, Dudleyas, Manzanitas and annual and perennial wildflowers round out the front plantings. The back yard's meandering path with plantings is highlighted by a mature St. Catherine's Lace

Buckwheat and an equally large Cleveland Sage and other buckwheats and sages. The side yards are planted with more shade friendly plantings such as Heucheras, native Morning Glory, Twinberry, native Irises, Snowberries, Yerba Mansa, and Woodland Strawberry.