A large portion of the home gardens and landscapes in Marin County are well-established and/or mature. However, many are not now designed to deal with wildfire risk effectively. Homeowners need to transition to a fire-smart landscape design that protects structures while retaining or improving garden health, support of beneficial wildlife, efficient use of water, and development of a healthier natural environment. Where to begin? And how to progress? Bob Mauceli will show what steps he has taken in his garden as work-in-progress examples of implementing Marin Master Gardener recommended Fire-smart principles to reduce wildfire hazard risk in an established garden. He will also discuss why use of native plants is important to both increasing the landscape’s wildfire resilience and improving its health, biodiversity, and sustainability.