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Worthy of “National Wildlife Federation” designation,
this landscape provides water, shelter, and food for
birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects. With its edible
gardens, Children’s Corner, Labyrinth and Citrus Grove,
it’s like a small-scale learning laboratory for the entire
family, connecting children with nature and promoting
gardening that is in harmony with our environment.

Front Yard

  • A low, split-rail fence set back from the sidewalk helps to delineate
    this front yard. The fence is softened by evergreen shrubs and pe-
    rennial plants.
  • Because this yard is in full sun due to its southern exposure, shade
    trees are a welcome and much needed addition.
  • Permeable pavers inset into the driveway, individual concrete steps,
    and Decomposed Granite (D.G.) paths allow irrigation water and
    storm water to soak into the soil and keeping it in the landscape
    where it can be used by plants, instead of water flowing into streets,
    gutters, and storm drains.

Side Yard

  • The Edible Feast Garden has everything needed for this productive
    area of the landscape, including a nearby eco-station with bins for
    composting and recycling, a potting bench, storage shed, and a
    rain barrel to capture rain water from the downspout.
  • Numerous raised beds are just the right height and width for easy
    access and care of the bountiful edibles that this garden will yield.
    Beds are constructed of wood that has not been pressure or creo-
    sote treated to ensure edibles are healthy and wholesome.
  • There’s plenty of room to easily maneuver throughout the garden
    and gently-sloping ramps at the side garage and kitchen doors
    make carrying food and materials in and out easy. No steps to navi-
  • Sun exposure is key to the success of edible gardens. The Edible
    Feast Garden is positioned on the west side of the property so it
    receives ample hours of full sun. Because the berry shrubs require
    some shade from our region’s hot afternoon sun, they are posi-
    tioned on the east side of the property.
  • Organic gardening methods are practiced.

Back Yard

  • Outside the Family Room and Master Bedroom is a large, central-
    ly-located deck with a re-circulating water feature, pondless for
    safety. This feature provides water to attract and sustain wildlife and
    evokes a soothing tranquility for the entire family’s enjoyment.
  • From the deck, the eye is led to a focal point at the back of the yard
    in the Citrus Grove. Attached to the back fence, this focal point is
    created by repurposing a window frame backed by a mirror to re-
    flect the obelisk or garden art in front of it.
  • The deck is constructed of a light-colored, composite material for
    easy care and less heat absorption. The ramp on one side of deck
    makes access to and positioning of the barbeque a breeze.
  • Low water-use, climate appropriate plants surround the decks, re-
    sulting in a lush and peaceful setting.
  • The “Children’s Corner” is a special place where friendships form
    and memories are made. This area is designated with a low, open
    wood fence with two entryways, a climbing dome, table and stools
    created from a salvaged tree, a shade tree just right for climbing.
  • Playground mulch provides a clean, soft cushioning on the ground.
  • A swath of lawn for play connects the Children’s Corner with the
    Labyrinth where an abundance of herbs, other edibles, and peren-
    nial plants just make you want to touch and smell them.
  • The circling mulch paths invite visitors and the family to meander
    around and through the labyrinth.
  • A Citrus Grove is created to take advance of the upward sloping
    area at the back of the yard
  • A low wall is created with recycled concrete and helps to retain the
    soil. It also absorbs heat that the citrus trees can benefit from, and
    the wall divides the “food factory” from the habitat and play space
  • For the four-legged members of the family, they have their own
    space complete with a small lawn and a kennel – their own special
    and safe place to be when they’re not out romping in the yard with
    the family.


  • Ornamental plants in this landscape are wild-life friendly,
    low maintenance, and serve a number of purposes, such as, shade,
    food, structure, color, and year-round interest.
  • Pest- and disease-resistant ornamental plants minimize the need
    to use pesticides in this Wholesome Habitat.
  • A wide range of edible and ornamental plants are included in
    this planting plan, such as, a variety of Citrus and Nectarine
    trees; Blackberry, Raspberry, and Blueberry shrubs; numerous Lav-
    enders and herbs. Refer to Plant List and Landscape design for a
    detailed list.
  • Natural wood mulch on the soil’s surface in planting areas helps
    to reduce weed growth, retain soil moisture, moderate the soil’s
    temperature, reduce erosion, protect the soil from compaction, and
    add organic matter that feeds beneficial soil organisms.


  • Irrigation optimized for peak water efficiency.
  • Valve zones are apportioned into “hydrozones”, where plants of
    similar water needs are grouped together, and watered at the same
  • The lawn sprinklers use high-efficiency nozzles.
  • All plants are watered with “inline” drip tubing with built-in emitters.
  • A smart, weather-based controller is utilized for daily adjustment of
    the irrigation schedule to respond to changes in the weather.
  • Multiple flush points are specified for easier maintenance of the drip
  • During unusually dry winters and in drought conditions,
    supplemental watering may be necessary, especially for California
    natives and plants in rain gardens, because these plants rely on winter
    rains to sustain themselves.