1. Nature’s Oasis—Capistrano Beach

This compact front yard shows off the stars of Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, and Native Grasslands with mature specimens. Locally native annuals and perennials accent with seasonal color. Other favorite natives grow in an interesting array of pots under the watchful eye of an expert gardener.

2. A Woodland Paradise—Trabuco Canyon

This garden is on a large property in rural Trabuco Canyon. The landscaping by the owners is mostly non-native, but it is set in a natural oak woodland with a seasonal creek that has large sycamore trees next to it. There are 36 mature oaks, some very old. Woodpeckers have loaded holes in the telephone pole in their meadow with acorns. This is a beautiful setting and quite special.

3.An Elegant Mature Garden—Trabuco Canyon

This is a large professionally landscaped backyard garden consisting of mostly natives. There is a mature oak as well as many large plants. Well-designed hardscape adds to the enjoyment of this outdoor space. As one wanders towards the back of the yard the character of the garden changes to a relaxed natural feel blending into Whiting Ranch Park which backs up to the yard. Lots to see in this beautiful garden. Don’t miss this one.

4. A Beach City RetreatCorona del Mar

Catalina Cherry trees provide shelter and shade in this cozy city outdoor room. Manzanita, Black Sage, Matilija Poppy, and Bladderpod add texture and color. Comfortable seating is placed close to the sidewalk for lazy reading and talk with passersby.