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The Penney Garden: A Transformation Story 
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 07:30pm

Many years ago, the Penneys stopped watering their lawn and caring for the soil. Most of the established non-native plants did well on only rainwater, but the rest of the yard became compacted and overgrown with Bermuda grass.

Janine Penney will walk us through the one-year process that has transformed the compacted dirt yard to a young native garden. She designed the garden with wildlife in mind, with foundation plants that mature to different levels to provide food, shelter and nesting areas. Visitors can’t help but notice the two raised vegetable beds among the native plants, which provide vegetables and edible (non- native) flowers. There is also a small pond with native bog plants.

This talk is part of the 2021 Going Native Garden Tour, which is providing virtual tours throughout the year. Register for the tour at to get updates on upcoming tour activities.

Janine Penney has over 20 years of experience in K-12 education and amateur gardening. She became obsessed with California native gardening over the last few years.

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Tue Dec 12 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
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Fri Dec 15 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Friday Edgewood Restoration
Fri Dec 15 @ 7:00PM -
CNPS SCV Board Meeting
Sat Dec 16 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Bird and Plant ID Walk at Lake Cunningham Park (San Jose)
Fri Dec 22 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Friday Edgewood Restoration
Fri Dec 22 @ 7:00PM - 08:50PM
Photography Group - Photo Sharing Meeting
Fri Dec 29 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Friday Edgewood Restoration
Mon Jan 01 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
New Year’s walk to Franklin Point, part of Año Nuevo State Preserve (Hwy 1 coast, southern San Mateo County)
Fri Jan 05 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Friday Edgewood Restoration