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City of Mountain View Green Garden Showcase
221 Bryant Avenue
Members of First Church of Christ, Scientist wanted to transform their street‐facing landscape from a plain lawn to a welcoming, community and neighborhood orientated, low‐water‐use garden. With the grassy area going unused, a failing birch tree, and unsatisfactory border plantings, it was time for a change. The church found inspiration in other low‐water‐use gardens and hired a licensed landscape architect to develop a new layout and planting plan.
Before: Lawn dominates the landscape Image from Google Maps Street View
After: A variety of colors, textures and plant heights
At first, the congregation expressed concern that a less water‐intensive landscape would lack color and an inviting feel. Convincing the congregation to try something new with California native plants presented the greatest challenge in moving the project forward.
Many Helping Hands
The landscape was renovated in late 2011. Church members got involved first‐hand by sheet mulching the lawn in preparation for the plant installation. Sheet mulching is a technique used to smother turf grass, prevent its growth, and encourage its decomposition to add nutrients to the soil. The design includes plants with a variety of colors and textures, like the bright orange Epilobium and the fuzzy silvery‐ gray Lamb’s Ear, which was placed especially for kids. Plantings also include fragrant Mock Orange, Sarcococca, and Lemon Thyme for the enjoyment of
Epilobium ‘Select Mattole’ (California Fuchsia) www.gardenshowcase.mountainview.gov
City of Mountain View Green Garden Showcase
both children and adults. A water‐permeable path of decomposed granite provides access to wooden benches which invite visitors to relax and socialize. The church plans to install a water feature to provide a wildlife water source and point of interest in the near future. The church participated in the Santa Clara Valley Water District lawn replacement rebate program, which helped to cover the materials costs.
Initially, the drip irrigation system had to run more than first expected because the dry winter following the installation did not provide enough water for the plantings to get established. Church staff also needed to train their gardener in proper maintenance practices for what was at first an unfamiliar type of landscape.
Benefits Beyond Beauty
Neighborhood passers‐by, as well as congregation members, have expressed how much they enjoy the colorful and changing blooms of the California native plants. In addition to a more
interesting space, church members appreciate the ecological benefits of a California native garden. The new garden requires relatively little maintenance and water, while the old lawn was maintained with mowing, artificial fertilizer, and greater volumes of water. The new design has changed the character of the space and helped to reduce the church’s environmental impact.
Arctostaphylos ‘Emerald Carpet’ Arctostaphylos pajaroensis ‘Paradise’ Artemisia ‘David’s Choice’ Calamagrostis foliosa
Ceanothus ‘Yankee Point’
Epilobium ‘Select Mattole’
Eriogonum umbellatum ‘Shasta Sulfur’ Galvezia speciosa
Iris ‘Canyon Snow’
Mahonia aquifiolium ‘Compacta’ Monardella villosa
Pittosporum tobira ‘Vareigata’
Ribes sanguineum ‘Claremont’
Stachys byzantium ‘Silver Carpet’ Sarcococca confusa
Plant List Common Name
Leafy Reed Grass Foothill Sedge California Lilac California Fuchsia Sulfur Buckwheat Island Snapdragon Pacific Coast Iris Dwarf Oregon Grape Coyote Mint
Beard Tongue California Mock Orange Variegated Pittosporum Pink Flowering Currant Evergreen Currant Lamb’s Ears
Fragrant Sarcococca Hummingbird Sage Cedros Island Verbena Lemon Thyme
Year round interest
Evergreen, looks good all year Attracts hummingbirds Yellow flowers in spring Attracts hummingbirds
Foliage/ flowers/berries Minty fragrance
Summer color, hummingbirds Sweet fragrance
Striking flowers, not too dense Woodsy fragrance, nice foliage Soft/ tactile for kids
Sweet fragrance, evergreen foliage Fruity fragrance
Sweet fragrance, short‐lived
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City of Mountain View Green Garden Showcase
Landscape Designer: Stephanie Morris, Licensed Landscape Architect (www.nativeplantdesign.com)
Our mission is to establish a safe, healthy, family-oriented culture of self-reliance through education and research, creating an environment of abundance to bless our own families and those around us. Our intent is to build a foundation of knowledge, skill, and wisdom, coupled with integrity, love, and appreciation for all of God’s creation.
We are committed to creating centers of learning, where we teach the next generation how to teach and be self-reliant, building safe family-friendly communities in a world of uncertainty.
Our invitation is to everyone who wants to learn, to do, and to become self-reliant, stepping away from a lifestyle of dependencies to a safe, healthy culture with like-minded neighbors, as we enter the next great frontier.
Additional Site Plans:
The Community Demonstration Garden will be a showcase of sustainable gardening and landscaping applications for residences in the City.
The City of Moreno Valley is developing a Community Demonstration Garden as part of the City’s new Civic Center Park. This project supports the City’s Healthy MoVal initiative that seeks to expand health and wellness opportunities for Moreno Valley residents of all ages. The project will create a new community green space that offers sustainable recreational opportunities for residents while fostering a more vibrant community.
The Moreno Valley Demonstration Garden seeks to provide a multi-use space to educate residents on a variety of sustainable gardening and landscaping techniques and technology in order to equip them with the knowledge necessary to implement the size, scope, and scale of garden or landscaping appropriate for their residential setting.
The Demonstration Garden will be located on a 9,000+ square foot area behind the existing Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center. This location, adjacent to the Moreno Valley Civic Amphitheater (anticipated opening mid-summer) is highly visible and accessible by foot, bike, car, and mass transit, with the nearest bus stop located within one block.
The conceptual plan contains a variety of elements that residents can replicate in their own homes by purchasing items at local big box stores or online, including raised planter beds, tower/wall planters, virmiculture, composting equipment, seedling racks, fruit trees, and a pollinator’s perennial garden. These elements will demonstrate sustainable approaches to residential food production with seasonally appropriate vegetables and fruit as well as horticultural "best practices" for home gardens to illustrate the importance of proper soil preparation, trellising, staking, and efficient irrigation practices, and use of plant species well-suited to the Inland Empire.
Experienced Local Landscaping
For over 29 years, Showcase Gardens & Landscaping has served local businesses with high-quality landscaping services. We’ve earned a reputation for keeping privately-owned green spaces lush and presentable. During that time, we’ve also created a great place where gardeners of all ages and abilities can buy tools and plants, enjoy local produce, and taste delicious ice cream. We’re a one-stop shop for all your gardening and landscaping needs, so stop by today!
The 30th Annual Garden Tour and Showcase Estate in partnership with Sunset magazine on May 19, 2018 at the Virginia Robinson Gardens was a spectacular event, thanks to our fabulous co-chairs Jeanne Anderson and Patti Reinstein, our wonderful President Marian Power, and our truly dedicated and passionate Garden Tour Committee. It was a day of unstoppable beauty and high artistic talent on display from the enchanting private gardens to the stunning interiors of the house at the Robinson Estate. A resounding success, the Concierge and VIP level tickets were once again sold out. It was the largest attendance at the Garden Tour ever, and a joyous celebration of this year‘s theme: “Here’s to You, Mrs. Robinson: The Art of Living.“
The outside gardens were all magical and reflect very different eras of Virginia’s long tenure in Beverly Hills, from the Moorish Mansion of the 20’s to the Little Holmby Florentine Villa, replete with “antiquities,” to the Mid-Century Modern around the corner from Virginia’s fabled grounds.
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The Concierge Garden, an Italianate beauty once owned by Cher and also Larry Flynt, jumped into the British Royal Wedding celebration with a lavishly set Afternoon Tea. Friends member Jamie Wolf arranged the absolutely stunning floral centerpiece on this table; she also created all the floral arrangements at the private gardens.
Touring never-opened private gardens is one special highlight of the Garden Tour, but the showcase aspect of the Robinson Estate, re-imagined every year by the most creative floral artists and designers, is a draw equally potent.
There was so much excitement back at Robinson Gardens. The meadows leading up to the house were ablaze with a riot of yellow daisies—truly a glorious sight. The designers and florists transformed the estate with so much dazzling beauty that all you heard was “Wow!” “Spectacular!“ “Gorgeous!” and the ultimate tribute—“No flower and designer show I’ve ever been to compares with this!”
project value: $1,000,000.00
S.T.E.M. | Education | Field Trips
how to participate:
Become an environmental steward by participating in the Mountain View Green Garden Showcase!
The Green Garden Showcase recognizes local residents and businesses that practice landscaping techniques that conserve water, reduce waste, and build healthy soil. The showcase provides a resource for those interested in local examples of California Native plants, wildlife habitat, efficient irrigation systems, rainwater harvesting, composting, and other environmentally friendly practices.
How to Participate
If you have adopted sustainable gardening techniques in your own yard, you can inspire others submitting an application form to join the program.
Participating with PFC Farma Showcase Gardens