It was a truly joyous weekend to see all of the work of the Sierra Madre project come to fruition. I was thrilled to see native plant rock stars Bart O’Brien, Carol Bornstein, and Greg Rubin come to visit, and I almost passed out with excitement when my biggest hero, Bart, said I’d done a good job.
Bart O’Brien and Carol Bornstein, along with David Fross, wrote the bible on our plants: California Native Plants for the Garden. Their new book is Reimagining the California Lawn. Greg Rubin’s design/build company is California’s Own Native Landscape Design.
Over 200 people came to the garden! It showed that using “local natives” – plants not just from California, but from the local region – can work in the landscape, creating both a restoration and a tranquil garden.