Kentfield | Large Transformed Garden
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Wildlife Habitat
- Lawn Free Landscaping.
- California Native Plants.
A first time Eco-Friendly Garden Tour garden host presents her garden:
Home to the present owners since 1972, this property was originally a forest of invasive acacia trees and a wild playground home to deer. Years of work and yards of soils and compost have now transformed this landscape of nearly an acre into fertile beds that grow a variety of food crops for the families that live within the gated area, and for those participating in the community gardening effort. The owners addressed the challenge of living on a mostly sloped property with plenty of creative terracing, using stacked cement blocks to create its unique aesthetic.
The property includes an “upper” garden, rich with fruit trees (including 35 olive trees that were planted for oil production) and a spectacular view of Mt. Tam. The “lower” garden is home to various veggie crops. Pesticide free, and with all food and yard waste staying on the property, compost is “king” in this garden. Most recently, a 3,000 gallon rain water catchment tank has been added near the home’s driveway. Collected rain water travels by gravity down to an irrigation system that helps waters the lower veggie garden.
*Also part of the 2019 Tour is the succulent garden at the neighboring property.
There’s a new paradigm in the gardening world that is steadily gaining momentum; and it’s all about viewing the garden as a living ecosystem rather than merely as outdoor decoration! Habitat gardeners recognize the intricate relationships between native plants and the host of native creatures that evolved in associations with these plants. Habitat gardens are designed to provide food, cover, water, and nesting opportunities for wildlife; enhanced conditions that bring fascinating creatures closer to home. Habitat gardeners embrace biological diversity, ecological design, and environmentally friendly gardening methods. Perhaps most importantly, habitat gardens help to re-establish corridors between open spaces for wildlife, many already in decline and stressed by human encroachment into wilder lands. Habitat gardens are an oasis for creatures in areas otherwise dominated by ‘green deserts’.
Make sure to visit the UC Master Gardener’s Website for gardening tips and advice!