California In My Garden: Saturday, April 7, 2018 [ 10 AM until 4 PM ]
A FREE self-guided tour of twelve inspiring landscapes from Mission Viejo to San Clemente featuring at least 50% California natives!
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MV1: Mision Viejo Garden 1
This newly transformed front yard was Installed in October 2017. A young Engelmann Oak alongside the dry stream provides a focal point for sages and other native shrubs and flowering perennials. The garden is watered by a Wi-Fi-enabled sprinkler controller that monitors weather and calculates proper irrigation amount and operates from a smartphone.
MV2: Mision Viejo Garden 2
This front yard conversion features a variety of flowering natives that attract a busy population of insects, birds, and lizards. Carefully tended by an avid gardener, this colorful garden takes full advantage of a small site.
MV3: Mision Viejo Garden 3
This newly planted landscape clearly shows an attractive solution to a sloping yard as shallow stone terraces form a decorative pattern across the yard. The extensive re-landscaping, which includes side and back yards, mixes fruit trees and vegetable gardens with the native plantings.
MV4: Mision Viejo Garden 4
This garden employs a mix of chaparral and woodland plants to create the feel of wilderness trails. In addition, fruit trees and roses are successfully blended into a landscape that fits comfortably in the neighborhood.
MV5: Mision Viejo Garden 5
Installed in October 2016, this front yard replacement complements the existing Mediterranean landscaping with the soft greens of salvia and native grasses repeating the grey-green of the olive tree. Birds and butterflies are drawn to the new garden as are the owners who enjoy sitting in the front courtyard to enjoy the passing parade.
SJC1: San Juan Capistrano Garden 1
This mature garden, which started from bare ground eight years ago, is a wonderful example of what can be achieved in a small area on a modest budget. A Byrd Hill Manzanita and a Ceanothus ‘Concha’, both 8-year-olds, have filled in to afford complete privacy for the front of the house. The ‘Concha’ may be in spectacular full bloom on tour day.
SJC2: San Juan Capistrano Garden 2
Starting with the backyard in 2000, native plants, in the hands of an enthusiastic and knowledgeable gardener, now surround the house. Over the years, plants have come and gone, but mature specimens remain, including a large Refugio Manzanita. Birds thrive in the abundant perching and nesting places.
SJC3: Reata Park
SC1: San Clemente Garden
In this ocean view garden, completely replanted in natives, every plant serves a purpose whether for erosion control, benefiting pollinators, or enhancing the view. Renovation was begun in 2016 on the 50-year-old property when the current owners inherited this childhood home. Loving care is reflected in every aspect of the extensive project.
CB1: Capistrano Beach Garden
Planted in 1990 as a small sample of the area’s original landscape, three of the original plantings—a White Sage, California Buckwheat, and Saint Catherine’s Lace — are still thriving in this garden that displays mature Coastal Sage Scrub shrubs and perennials. A variety of annuals add lively spring color.
DP1: Dana Point Garden 1
Extensive water conservation features are incorporated in this landscape. The front is watered by grey water from the shower while the washing machine irrigates the side yard where two 400-gallon tanks collect rainwater. Native plantings throughout share space with fruit trees and vegetable beds.
DP2: Dana Point Garden 2
This small front yard has been dedicated to natives since 1993 and is certified as a natural habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Thirty species of plants attract near as many insects, birds and lizards to this miniature sanctuary.
DP3: Dana Point Garden 3
An inviting walkway leads to a front yard with diverse plantings for beauty and habitat. The pleasant back yard combines some native with fruit trees and other delights. Planted as the owner experimented with and learned about California natives, it reflects years of dedication.