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.