by Craig Lauridsen
Registration is still open for the 2013 Marin-Friendly Garden Tour, scheduled for Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It only takes a minute to sign up using our online registration system, and there’s no charge to attend! Register by May 1 to be automatically entered into a drawing to win a Marin-Friendly prize! We hope you can join us.
The 2013 tour features nine inspiring gardens that showcase a variety of environmentally friendly practices, ranging from conserving water to creating wildlife habitat. Here’s a sneak preview of one of the gardens on this year’s tour.
There are so many reasons to visit this garden. The front yard has a collection of towering redwoods and an impressive valley oak that have watched the neighborhood mature for over 100 years. When you enter the backyard, it’s hard to believe that for 40 long years the entire space was covered in cement and a swimming pool. This all changed when new owners purchased the home in 2010. They worked with a landscape professional and designed the backyard to be drought-tolerant and wildlife-friendly, with mostly native plantings, and a vegetable and herb garden. Stepping-stone pathways connect three small patios, and artwork is peppered into the landscape to add color and character. One corner of the backyard features two raised beds for a seasonal vegetable garden and a wire trellis on the fence encouraging two young kiwi plans to grow. Soil is kept healthy through the use of a compost bin. An onsite well is used for irrigation, and the owners carefully manage their water by using drip irrigation and a self-adjusting irrigation controller.
For more information about the 2013 Marin-Friendly Garden Tour visit marinwater.org.