CNPS Orange County sponsored, hosted, organized (whatever you want to call it!) a Native Garden Tour on May 8, 2010. The tour was very well-attended (numbers are coming in) and the weather was Southern California perfect! After hosting duties at one of the gardens, I was able to visit 5 gardens out of 11, and here are some photo highlights from my day.
Meandering trail in dramatic canyon garden
Volunteer Dori in canyon garden
Homeowner Michael shares his berry-growing secrets
Climbers Lonicera subspicata (Chaparral Honeysuckle) on left and Roger’s Red Grape on right
Border features White sage and Sunset manzanita
Hybrid monkeyflower brightens a path next to non-native Aloe
A newly planted front yard with purple Penstemon ‘Margarita BOP’ and yellow Eriogonum umbellatum (Sulphur buckwheat)
Ceanothus ‘Yankee Point’ with Aquilegia formosa (Red Columbine) in the background – Certified Wildlife Habitat!
Aquilegia formosa (Red Columbine) – one flower among a 6 foot wide Columbine border. talk about a resume builder!