Garden History

The idea for our garden occurred during a visit to the Wild Garden section of the Bodnant Garden, which is near Betws-y-coed, Wales, (which is in the Snowdonia National Park.) We enjoyed the created natural feel and we were convinced that this was a perfect model for a California garden. So in looking for land in 1987 to build our home, one of the critical features of the property was that it must have a gully that could be transformed into a natural garden. We found the land in the Santa Rosa Valley of Ventura County.

Celebration

Celebrating

Gully

Gully

Just Weeds

Just weeds

Michael's Parents

Michael’s Parents

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Honey Grandma w/Jenee

Honey Grandma

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The property was first graded in 1989 as the seller had included grading in the price we’d had paid. It wasn’t the way we wanted to have the pad, but did take care of a significant amount of the grading that we were going to do, so it saved us some money.

Grading Starts

Grading Starts

Giving Directions

Giving Directions

Papa Campbell

Papa Campbell

Jenee taking over

Jenee taking over

We did our the final grading in July of 1990 after we had developed a plan to minimize the impact to the back part of the property. It was our plan to use the existing native trees as part of the garden. Unfortunately, the grader next door removed some of the native trees along the boarder of the property. We asked them not to remove any more.

Unfortunately, in September 1990 we caught them pushing a large amount of boulders and dirt down across our property which wiped out about half the native bushes and all but one tree.

We finished construction of our home in early 1991 and had a mostly a large bare piece of property. There were just a few native bushes and one tree toward the back of the property, plus some plants we’d gotten at an earthday celebration in 1990 in Moorpark.

Final Grading 1

Final Grading 1

Final Grading 2

Final Grading 2

Caught in The Act

Caught in The Act

Mobile Home

Mobile Home

Start on Garden trail

Start on Garden trail

Bare Gully

Bare Gully

View from Back

View from Back

Remaining Plants

Backyard View


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