In 2012, the Marin Chapter of CNPS created a native plant demonstration garden at Green Point Nursery. This slide show takes you through the process of creating this garden.
This garden had to be created from scratch on bare flat ground. To create aesthetic interest and better drainage, a berm was constructed to which large rocks were added. Although most home gardens will use existing soil and terrain rather than a newly constructed berm, the planning steps and construction sequence that we used for this demonstration garden are similar to those used in creating a home garden.
Birds love California native plants. Many native plants are important food sources for birds and provide cover and nesting spots. Birds are also attracted to the insect biodiversity supported by native plants. Here is a list of native plants that are particularly attractive to birds.