Corinne Sera’s Groveland Garden

 

CNPS Garden Ambassador:  Corinne Sera

CNPS Sierra Foothills Chapter
Garden Location: Front and back yard
Garden Size: 5,900 sqft. garden | 200 sqft. pond | 200 sqft. pollinator patch
Year Planted: 2014

 

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Observe areas at different times of the year. An area that is hot and dry in the summer can become a swamp with winter rains.

Corinne has always had a love and concern for wildlife. She grew to understand that plants are the foundation for wildlife, and native plants are best suited to fill their shelter and food needs. In 2005, when she purchased her home she realized that she could finally create a wildlife habitat. She has loved making a difference with her garden. By sharing her story, she hopes to inspire others to create their own native gardens for wildlife and pollinators.

Corinne’s favorite California native plants

Garden Location: Front and back yard

Garden Size: 5,900 sqft. garden | 200 sqft. pond | f200 sqft. pollinator patch

Year Planted: 2014

Lawn Removal: I initially used herbicide to clear the area when planting my meadow. I mulched, hand-pulled, and string-clipped for weed control on the remaining areas.

Design and Installation:  I collaborated with a landscape architect on the initial planting of the main garden, the dry creek and the frog pond. Since then, I do all my own design, planting and maintenance.

Style Inspiration: Cottage gardens

Go-to Native Plant Nurseries: Solomon Gardens (Sonora), Yerba Buena Nursery (Half Moon Bay), and Las Pilitas Nursery (Santa Margarita)

Irrigation: I water two or three times a week in the heat of summer and while plants are establishing. Once plants are mature, I only need to water once a month in the summer. My large native garden has no drip and I water plant on as need basis.

Maintenance: I maintain the garden daily

Wildlife Spotted: Too many birds to list! I have several nest boxes that have been used every year by blue birds and flycatchers. I also have seen Sierra tree frogs, unfortunately bull frogs, deer, raccoons fox, chipmunks, several types of snakes, European and native bees, grey squirrels, one scared bear, coyote…also voles, ground squirrels and gophers that I do trap sadly.

Favorite Element: Native rye grass meadow

Biggest Challenge:  Determining the right plant for the right spot (design element) while at the same time determining the right spot for the individual plant (the optimal spot that will meet all the plants need and wants)

Advice: Pay close attention to the amount of sunlight provided to a particular spot. Also, notice the drainage and soil. A few feet can make a huge difference in the elements of sun, water, and soil condition. In addition, observe areas at different times of the year. An area that is hot and dry in the summer can become a swamp with winter rains.

California native plants in Corinne’s garden

 

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