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The Penney Garden: A Transformation Story 
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 07:30pm
 

Many years ago, the Penneys stopped watering their lawn and caring for the soil. Most of the established non-native plants did well on only rainwater, but the rest of the yard became compacted and overgrown with Bermuda grass.

Janine Penney will walk us 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.

This talk is part of the 2021 Going Native Garden Tour, which is providing virtual tours throughout the year. Register for the tour at gngt.org to get updates on upcoming tour activities.

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.

 
Location Zoom registration: bit.ly/cnpsscv-20210512
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Upcoming Events

Tue Jul 23 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Native Plant ID
Thu Jul 25 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Gardening for Monarch Butterflies, a talk by Shelkie Tao
Fri Jul 26 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Friday Edgewood Restoration
Fri Jul 26 @ 7:00PM - 08:50PM
Photography Group - Photo Sharing Meeting
Sat Jul 27 @ 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Lake Cunningham Native Garden
Sat Jul 27 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Community Work Day at the Native Plant Garden in Kirk Park
Wed Jul 31 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Flowers as Islands, a talk by Tadashi Fukami
Fri Aug 02 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Friday Edgewood Restoration
Sat Aug 03 @ 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Lake Cunningham Native Garden
Sat Aug 03 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Community Work Day at the Native Plant Garden in Kirk Park