The Dry Garden: Eco-snooping

Posted on | March 26, 2010 | No Comments

Yes, yes, yes. We all know that native gardens save water, curb greenhouse gas pollution, save homeowners thousands a year on mow and blow fees and entitle their owners to eco-sainthood. But what do they look like? Are they beautiful? If so, are they hard to plant and maintain? Where can you put down the baby? Will those who might want one still be allowed a patch of lawn?

To help Los Angeles homeowners see the almost endless possibilities open after they start incorporating local flora into their gardens, the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants calls upon its members every spring to open their homes to the public. The upshot is a tour in which the smartest, most experienced native gardeners in Southern California get down with whoever shows up asking for help.

Click here to keep reading the first of a three part series as the Los Angeles Times column “The Dry Garden” previews coastal, inland and foothill gardens from the upcoming Theodore Payne Foundation garden tour.

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