Upcoming Tour!

Bringing Back the Natives: Sunday, May 6, 2012, 10am-5:00pm
Garden of Elise & Mike McFarland, Livermore, CA

This garden features: 1) a native meadow (which doubles as an alternative lawn); 2) vibrant garden color with annual wildflowers, perennials, and shrubs that are drought tolerant and low maintenance; 3) flagstone paths and patios; 4) state of the art irrigation with a smart controller; 5) ecological landscaping design/build strategies that design out weeds, pests and diseases, promote rich soil life, and retain soil moisture. Hope to see you there!


“Supply Up! Resources for Your Spring Garden,” Edible East Bay Magazine, Spring 2012

“Another Reason to Cover Up Your Lawn: Chemical Toxicity,” Bay-Friendly Blog, 2/15/12

“Water: Another Kind of Harvest,” Edible East Bay Magazine, Spring 2012

“Merritt College: An East Bay Treasure,” Edible East Bay Magazine, Spring 2012

“In a Parallel America: EcoFarm, Farm Family Values, and Organic Culture,” Edible East Bay Blog, Spring 2012

“Farm To Fork Across America: A Vision of Utopia At EcoFarm Conference,” Huffington Post, 3/2/12

“Farm To Fork Across America — EcoFarm Conference: Sustainable Agriculture, Food, Love and Butterflies,” Huffington Post, 1/15/12

“Cheese Without the Cow: Raw Nut Cheeses,” Edible East Bay, 5/1/11

“Graywater Systems Growing in Popularity,” California Coastkeeper Alliance, originally published in San Jose Mercury News, 2/1/11

lgrden“Graywater Can Solve Issues in Some Gardens,” Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping, originally published in San Jose Mercury News, 2/1/11

“Weedy Greens: The Great Recession's Latest Crop,” Edible East Bay, 2/1/11

Contra Costa Green Business Program Newsletter, 1/11/11 (profile – scroll to page 2)

“Softscaping for Garden Rooms: Design for Fine Living Includes Your Outdoor Space,” San Jose Mercury News, 5/1/10

“Sustainable Landscape Waste Disposal” (interviewed on Lowe's For Pros), April 2009

“Letting the Weather Control the Water: Smart Irrigation Controllers,” San Francisco Chronicle, 7/19/08

“Keeping Your Garden Dry: With Xeriscapes You Can Create a Beautiful Garden While Saving Time, Money, and the Environment,” Valley Lifestyles Magazine, 9/1/07


Professional Listings

gardenBringing Back the Natives Garden Tour

Bay Area Green Business Program

Bay-Friendly Qualified Design Professional

Bay-Friendly Qualified Rater & Advisor

Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscapers Who Provide Sheet Mulching Services

Garden Coach Directory

Watershed Nursery: Service Providers



garden2012 EcoFarm Conference Presentation: “Ornamental Edibles — Eco-Style!”, 2/3/12

2010 Bay-Friendly Conference: “Softscape Landscaping for Garden Rooms”