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Column - May 8, 2009

Diablo Views: My back yard will soon see the return of the natives

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Rain was coming down in a light spray Sunday but that didn't dampen my spirits. My husband and I went on the fifth annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour. What a fine idea, to go au naturel in one's garden. We want to bring back the natives after years of trying to coax our imported Kentucky blue grass through every summer - feeding it, watering it, even begging it to grow. Last summer when water rationing began, we admitted that our environment isn't hospitable to lawns and there must be a better way.

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Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on May 8, 2009 at 7:03 am

Dear Dolores,

We enjoyed the same tour last Sunday including homes in Orinda, Moraga and Walnut Creek. Plants like Manzanita are used in our neighborhood as bushes and ground cover and many new landscaping efforts are including the grasses shown on the tour. Also, much of the flowering ground cover is planted in full sun with very good display in July and August.

The difficulty for much of the native plants is they are the natural food source for deer and our neighborhood has a large resident population. Before starting such a native garden, check with experts at the Orchard's Nursery in Lafayette or refer to the Sunset garden book for description of deer-resistant growth.

Also, the tour was promoting a native planting guide, as a book, produced by EBMUD. EBMUD can provide more information and the book is available at Amazon.com.


Posted by EBMUD, a resident of another community
on May 8, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Dear Dolores,

EBMUD response:

Plants and Landscapes for
Summer-Dry Climates

EBMUD's beautifully photographed 336-page book features more than 650 native Californian and Mediterranean plants suited to the climate and microclimates found throughout much of California and the West. Over 500 color photos show plants in garden settings that blend well with natural surroundings and reduce reliance on water.

The book is available on our website at www.ebmud.com <Web Link; .

Soft Cover - $34.95, plus tax (free shipping)

Hard cover - $49.95, plus tax (free shipping)

EBMUD customers: A $5.00 discount per book will be applied when your order is mailed within the EBMUD service area.

Hal, as a community courtesy