3784 Redwood Avenue - Cluster 5

Photos by Renee Tondell
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This is the fifth year this garden has been on the tour and visitors have watched it go from newly planted to a paradise! About half are native California plants and half Mediterranean climate plants from Australia, South Africa, Chile, and so forth. There is a lot to learn here!

The soil in these gardens - both edible & ornamental beds - is maintained exclusively with compost and compost tea. The owners have become such a believer in compost tea and the biological method of garden maintenance that it has become the main thrust of their design and maintenance business - Compost Teana.  

They also added a grey water system to the back yard and took the beds next to the house off of the main irrigation line. These plants have been maintained exclusively with washing machine gray water since April 2011. They use drip irrigation - once every 2 weeks on one line and once a month on the other.

After tearing out the turf in the front yard, these homeowners created a Mediterranean style courtyard, with a small fountain in the middle encircled by a 3’ high berm. The berm is planted with climate appropriate plants, focusing mainly on California natives. They removed two very thirsty birch trees and replaced them with 2 beautiful, unthirsty, summer-flowering Chitalpa x tashkentensis trees - which they received from the ‘Million Trees LA’ program.

Look for the surprise visitor!


  1. This back yard will be open as well

  2. So inspiring: creatively, environmentally and aesthetically!