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Scott and Jenny Fleming’s Garden

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In the shade of coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) grows a woodland garden of California native plants on the street side of the Fleming home in the North Berkeley hills. Photographs by Saxon Holt

Any plant or nature lover who has come across Scott and Jenny Fleming’s garden in the Berkeley hills will remember the feeling: it is as if, somehow, you had made a wrong turn and found yourself on a road on the coastal side of Mount Tamalpais, or in a canyon near Mendocino. There, underneath a canopy of redwoods, are magnificent, fragrant western azaleas (Rhododendron occidentale), twenty-foot-tall vine maples (Acer circinatum), large patches of huckleberry and salal (Vaccinium ovatum and Gaultheria shallon), Philadelphus, even Labrador tea (Ledum glandulosum). Amidst the shrubs are hundreds of ferns—Polystichum, Adiantum, Woodwardia, Polypodium, Blechnum—and a lush ground cover of wild ginger (Asarum caudatum), both native species of Vancouveria, and redwood sorrel (Oxalis oregana).

Vine maple (Acer circinatum) brightens the fall landscape in the...

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