Many years ago, the Penneys stopped watering their lawn and caring for the soil. Most of the established non-native plants did well on just rainwater, but the rest of the yard became compacted and overcome with Bermuda grass. Janine Penney will walk through the one-year process that has transformed the compacted-dirt yard to a young native garden. She designed the garden with wildlife in mind, with foundation plants that mature to different levels to provide food, shelter and nesting areas. Visitors can't help but notice the two raised vegetable beds among the native plants, which provide vegetables and edible (non-native) flowers. There is also a small pond with native bog plants.
Janine Penney has over 20 years of experience in K-12 education and amateur gardening. She became obsessed with California native gardening over the last few years.