Garden at the Bend

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Sonoma | Large Rural Property

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Garden features:

  • California natives.
  • Reclaimed and recycled materials.
  • Edible garden.
  • Lawn conversion and replacement.
  • Wildlife habitat.

Nancy, the gardens owner, is a retired landscape designer who inherited this lovely Sonoma garden from her mother Emily Evers. Emily was an early proponent of using native plants as she lived in San Francisco and wanted a low maintenance garden in the country. The house and garden are situated in an old creek bed under Oaks, Bays and Buckeyes on the edge of a field. Plantings include; Oregon Grape, Fremontodendron, Manzanita, Juniper, Garrya, Grevillea, Echeveria, bulbs and Coyote Bush. Emily loved to do flower arrangements so there were also large flower beds and a small orchard which is the source of much chutney. When Nancy took over the garden, she removed most of the flower beds, built raised beds out of rock from the property, removed most of the sprinklers and put in drip irrigation, and planted mostly natives under the trees, on the slopes and in the beds. Nancy kept a fairly quiet color palette of blues, apricots, whites and yellows. The garden is home to butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, quail, seasonal songbirds, acorn wood peckers, owls, and various visiting skunks, foxes, bobcats, and raptors due to the nearby field.

The garden was installed over 60 years ago but as recently as 2 years ago was revamped to demonstrate its true beauty.

A printable plant list is available to download for this garden.

Avoid Invasive Plants

Some plants are invasive when planted outside of their native habitat. They can establish themselves (like weeds) and cause ecological damage. In Sonoma and Marin County gardens one plant to avoid  is Mexican Feathergrass (Stipa/Nasella tenuissima). This delicate and fine textured ornamental grass is available at many plant nurseries. The plant produces thousands of seeds and self-sows readily throughout the landscape, as well as in cracks between hardscape areas. While Mexican feathergrass looks great upon installation, it soon looks messy without continual maintenance due to the profusion of seedlings that pop-up.

A similar effect can be achieved with alternative plants, such as Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’).

Visit the Plant Right website for a list of plants to avoid.