I enjoy gardening, nursery hopping, collecting, propagating and growing unusual plants (especially cheilanthoid ferns and members of the family Proteacaea), and visiting botanical gardens.
David’s favorite plant:
Pellaea andromedifolia (Coffee Fern) was my first xeric fern find, and to this day remains my favorite overall plant. Grevillea Superb is probably my favorite overall flower, and Banksia grandis is (currently) my favorite tree.
Recommended gardening website:
www.australianplants.com (Australian Native Plants Nursery) is my favorite website. I enjoy putting together wish lists of the plant material owner Jo O’Connell has to offer.
Why David’s garden is important to him:
My garden serves many functions. It serves as a demonstration of what can be done with a small suburban yard, as an example of water-wise gardening, but mostly it serves as my refuge where I do something to please myself first and foremost, and then share that with friends and family.
What people tell David about his garden:
Most people are intrigued by my garden. Invariably they tell me that they’ve never seen anything like it outside of botanical gardens. Most tell me that they really like the garden and the plant selection.
What surprises people most about David’s garden:
People are surprised at the variety of plant material. From trees and shrubs, to rock garden perennials, bulbs and ferns, there is such different form, foliage, texture and flower color that abounds throughout the garden.
What David likes most about his water-wise garden:
My garden is my sanctuary. I can go through on a daily basis and see what’s changed, and what’s new. I always enjoy finding the seedlings or sporelings that spontaneous show up, especially sporelings of my xeric ferns. The fern sporelings validate that I designed and constructed the garden in such a way that mimics they’re natural environment.
Saving water is important because…
water is a limited resource in California. We need to be responsible with this resource so that there is enough for all Californian—individuals, industry, agriculture and the nature environment that surrounds us.