Garden Tour by Mountain Mama!

Environmental educator and founder of nonprofit LifeGarden, Judy Adler alias Mountain Mama, offers classes on habitat gardening at her own garden in Walnut Creek.  I attended one this past weekend with 14 other eager gardeners.  Number One Lesson:  no matter how many years we study gardening, natives and the environment, there is ALWAYS something new to learn.  AND not only is it fun to review but it is often inspiring to see through fresh eyes!

Judy’s garden is one of the first certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.  It is also certified as a habitat for pollinators by the Xerces Society.  Gardening at her ½ acre home site for over 30 years, she has a chicken coop, pond (many frogs), a rain harvesting system and more than 400 plants.  With thirty-five fruit trees, many California Natives and Mediterranean plants in an artfully arranged landscape she’s expressed her art as a gardener, naturalist and educator.

Expanding outside the parameter of her property, Judy has planted and cultivated California natives and Mediterranean plants on school property adjacent to her home.   These areas are used for education opportunities and to attract birds, wildlife, insects and pollinators.  Here she is demonstrating how easy it is to cut soft wood and start your own shrubs.



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