A Fun and Peaceful Escape


Novato | View of Mt. Burdell

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Garden features:

  • OFF-the Grid She-Shed
  • Edible Garden
  • Lawn-free Landscaping

First time Eco-Friendly Garden Tour host Sherie introduces her garden:

This is a multi-function garden with a view of Mt. Burdell and the lower terraces. It has wonderful color and raised vegetable beds all served by a drip system. I have worked in partnership with my landscaper Mario Orihuela for 11 years. We had a vision to bring the garden and backyard to a functional, fun and natural retreat.

Our first phase was completed 6 years ago with new retaining walls and then each year we added stairs, decks, improved drip systems, functional patios an natural colorful landscaping. His team did all the work including an outdoor kitchen, outdoor fireplace, paths and stairways. We worked to select colorful plants that showcase the beautiful setting. We have raised vegetable beds, fragrant plants and pots of annual colors.

One of the most interesting spots in the garden is the OFF-the Grid She Shed. It is powered by a Yedi generator, solar lights and has an adjoining environmental friendly toilet. It was constructed by Back-Yard Eichler, a local Marin company. The shed

I am learning about the various plants and hope to launch a master gardener education journey in 2 years when I can retire and play full time in our backyard Oasis.

Some of the plants to look out for at this garden include:

  • California Lilacs Ceanothus mathimus ‘Valley Violet’
  • California Fuchsias Epilobium
  • New Zealand Flax Phormium tenax
  • Fountain Grass Pennisetum setaceum
  • Pin Cushion Euphorbia

Plants, Plants, Plants!

There are many great resources to select water smart plants for your garden. Chatting with experts at your local nursery is a great place to start. Here are some online resources to help you research:

One of the key elements to using less water in your landscape is to group plants by their water requirement, known as a hydrozone. By doing this plants can receive the amount of water that they prefer, rather than over watering some to provide enough for those that are more thirsty. To check the water requirement of a plant species refer to the WUCOLS website.