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08-Tipton Duvivier Watershed Garden

Tipton Duvivier Watershed Garden

Saturday | April 13 | 10 AM–5 PM

Private Residence
Design: Isabelle Duvivier, Duvivier Architects (Resident)
Garden Size: 2,000 sq. ft., front/back
Started: 2011

About the Garden

Our goal is to make a small urban property an example of a home/garden designed using a watershed approach. We transformed our dilapidated 100-year-old structure into one of the top 10 green homes in California. We have created a lush native landscape that requires very little potable water. 100% of stormwater is collected on-site in cisterns and swales to be used later or allowed for infiltration. All the water from the interior plumbing fixtures (except the toilet and kitchen sink) is routed to support riparian trees, such as cottonwoods, alders, and willows. All water systems are visually prominent and expressive to provide opportunities for discussion and learning.

Notable Plants

Giant Coreopsis

California Buckeye (Aesculus californica)
Giant Coreopsis (Leptosyne gigantea)
Catalina Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus traskiae)
Scarlet Larkspur (Delphinium cardinale)
Santa Cruz Ironwood (Lyonothamnus floribundus ssp. aspleniifolius)