|Pierce College Botanical Garden|
At first I was hesitant because of the temporary fencing put up around campus construction, but I kept following the directional signage and soon found myself in a transformed landscape.
|red mountain sage (Salvia darcyi)|
Despite the drought, this is a place of green and flowering vegetation. It also is an amazing example of how native plants create habitat.
In the middle of the campus there are not only Anna's hummingbirds, but scrub-jays and even California quail. Butterfly and dragonfly species are numerous and the pond habitat had a variety of wildlife.
|Valley carpenter bee|
Native plants are more suited to drought conditions and surviving occasional frost. They provide important nectar and pollen food for native birds and insects (like the Valley carpenter bee, video). The insects become food for lizards and other birds. Native plants are the foundation of habitat.
This Hidden Garden at Pierce College is a perfect place to find inspiration in how to arrange native plant species and to find the specific names of flowers or foliage that you find attractive.
See a video of the Pierce College Botanical Garden and information on visiting this Free oasis in the San Fernando Valley.