A Garden Tour

by Lorraine on April 26, 2010

Two weeks ago my garden was part of a Spring garden tour for the Simi Valley – Moorpark Republican Women’s Club.   There were a total of five featured properties but mine was the only one dedicated to California Native plants.

The members were all surprised to see what a native garden looks like and how beautiful one can be and they had quite a few questions about it.

The press release didn’t say that one of the gardens on the tour would be a native one and I am betting that if it had, there would have been even a larger amount of visitors on the tour, although I am guessing that there was probably about 200 or so that came to my home.

The Garden before the Tour Arrived

I had a table with several selected books about native plants and landscaping with them, plus several handouts as to where to find them and other resources as well.   My two hostess from the “Club” said that most of the time when they do these tours, the owners aren’t home and they expected to be very bored but I kept them busy!

Looking at the plants

Soon they were saying to the visitors that “This is a 100% California native plant garden”…and they had a blast mingling with the visitors and hanging out with me and at the end of the day, they both said it was the most fun they have ever had hosting!

Most people wanted to know how often I watered the garden and needless to say thay had many questions about the plants.   Where could they get them?   What’s it called? (Even though I had tags next to most of them) and how much work is it to take care of?

I felt like it was some sort of celebrity all day long.   The questions kept coming and I rarely sat down for a break.   But it was fun and I felt really happy about all the interest the garden got and also how thrilled and excited people were to mingle in it.   The smells, the textures, the colors and birds all lended magic to each visitor’s experience.

At the end of the day, I was quite tired after answering so many questions but at the same time, excited by all the interest.   I think my garden made a huge impact on the visitors and changed their conception of what a garden can look like using only natives.   Later I poured myself a glass of wine and sat back under my new umbrella to relax and enjoy the twilight of the evening.

And believe it or not, some people still dropped by, bringing their spouses to see the “wildness”…and admire it just a little bit more.

California native Iris in my garden.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cato 04.26.10 at 5:06 pm

Your garden looks SO beautiful!

2 Dana (toadflax) 04.26.10 at 7:41 pm

What a great day to spread the word to so many people about natives through your beautiful garden.

3 Crafty Green Poet 04.26.10 at 11:43 pm

what a lovely garden you have and it sounds like everyone had a great day!

4 Janis Hatlestad 04.29.10 at 11:46 pm

Thank you for sharing your lovely garden photos! Very inspiring use of native plants!

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