Skip to content

Drive-By List of Gardens

Please do not disturb homeowners. This list is only to be used to view front yards from the street.

  1. Slatebrook – 140 Wissahickon Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030
    Cottage style native garden, sustainable edibles, living roof, original art and mosaic wall, fruit trees get summer water. This is Alrie Middlebrook’s garden and she would be happy to show you around if you call ahead and let her know when you are coming 408-666-1518. This garden has been evolving since 1985.
  2. Essenmacher – 1524 Channing Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94303
    Traditional ranch house with a garden that highlights many different examples of reused and repurposed materials including food plants in urbanite raised beds, resurfaced driveway, Trex trash enclosures. Some other elements in this garden include original art, container gardens, and a native wildflower meadow. Built in 2004.
  3. Benders – 6115 Franciscan Way, San Jose, CA 95120
    This cottage style garden is incorporates a bluestone entrance path with gravel paths and bench seating. The planting is very diverse with container gardens and edible plants in addition to native plants. Built in 2005.
  4. Noble – 1530 Solana Dr, Belmont, CA 94002
    This garden sits on hillside and is planted with mostly chaparral and grassland plants. The space is defined with Fieldstone walls. This collector’s garden uses many species to ensure year round color. Built in 2007.
  5. Ravel – 25 Central Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030
    This is a shady Victorian cottage garden. It incorporates lots of biodiversity, gravel paths, and some integrated non-natives. Built in 2007.
  6. Fitzpatrick – 139 Belridge Dr, Los Gatos, CA 95032
    This house is at the base of a nature preserve. Middlebrook designed this garden to link to the wildlife area by focusing on habitat plants. Includes meadow, oak woodland, and chaparral plant communities. This garden includes a fountain that many spices of bird frequent. Built in 2009.
  7. Tolkes – 1316 Keoncrest Ave, San Jose, CA 95110
    The front native garden uses two grey water systems to irrigate the meadow, one from the shower and one from the washing machine. The side yard is filled with edibles, including many perennials such as berries and fruit trees. The gravel driveway uses the product ‘gravel pave’. Built in 2012.
  8. Bakas – 6117 Cecala Dr, San Jose, CA 95120
    This contemporary garden is planted with chaparral and desert plants that are accessible via pea gravel paths. This garden was designed for a hot climate and incorporates year round color and biodiversity. Built in 2012.
  9. Wendy – 1209 Mariposa Ave, San Jose, CA 95126
    This is a craftsman style shade garden that combines food and native plants. The front yard incorporates boulder terracing and rain chains. Built in 2012.
  10. Nicholas – 1575 Sierra Ave. San Jose, CA 95126
    A small front yard, curb strip, and driveway design that left existing lawn in place. This Spanish style garden with gravel mulch and container gardens incorporates color with function. Built in 2013.