Going Native Garden Tour 2017

Environmental Laboratory for Sustainability and Ecological Education (ELSEE) (9 photos from 2015)

Garden #53, San Jose


This garden is open all year round. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, no docents will be available in 2020.

Address: 76 Race St., San Jose (click the address to show it on a map).

Directions: From 880, take exit 2 for the Alameda toward San Jose. After 1.2 miles, turn onto Race St. In .1 mile you will reach 76 Race St. on the left.

Showcase Features: This nursery and educational center has a mix of beautifully grown native plants and edibles. The centerpiece of the space is a butterfly-shaped raised bed. It is planted with a red fescue lawn mix mixed with butterfly-friendly flowers. Permeable gravel and concrete are used as paths and driveways.

Other Garden Attractions: The perimeter of the garden has mature native shrubs that have grown to amazing sizes. Some outstanding specimens include a large island mallow shrub (Lavatera assurgentiflora) that provides colorful pink blooms for much of the year, along with fragrant purple lilac verbena and coffeeberry. A fremontia is espaliered against the fence.

Gardening for Wildlife: This urban site was formerly a concrete parking lot. Wildlife is attracted with several water features, greywater/constructed wetland, pond, shrub cover, oak trees, sycamore, elderberry. Visitors include song birds, birds of prey, urban birds, hummingbirds, native bees, praying mantis, butterflies, ants, lizards, tree frogs.

Garden Talk: 1 PM: "Native Gardens and Urban Farms - An Ecological Approach" - a talk by Alrie Middlebrook.

Plant Sale: On tour day, Middlebrook Gardens Nursery will conduct a plant sale at this garden. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Going Native Tour

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 15

Garden Size: 11,300 sq ft

Designer: Alrie Middlebrook, Middlebrook Gardens
Installer: Middlebrook Gardens

Click here to display the plant list in a printer-friendly format (from year 2011).

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