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Redesigning your Front Yard without a Lawn

Redesigning your Front Yard without a Lawn

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9:30am - 11:30am
1431 Waverley Street Palo Alto, CA 94301

Learn how to replace your water-thirsty lawn with a beautiful, inviting garden. Kim will discuss how to design your new front yard garden with elements such as paths, fences or walls, arbors, planting beds, meadows, boulders, seating areas, and water features. She will discuss ways to remove a lawn that has invasive weeds growing in it, how to choose plants for your new garden, and how to keep your garden healthy. She will briefly explain the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s landscape rebate program that gives participants money for removing at least 75 square feet of turf grass and replacing it with drought-tolerant plants and efficient irrigation in the converted area.

Kim’s presentation will include many images of well-designed front yards that don’t have lawns. You will leave the class with a better understanding of how to create your new garden without a lawn!

After Kim’s talk, there will be an optional tour of two front yard gardens without lawns that Kim designed that are close to Gamble.


Kim has been designing gardens for 22 years and has her own business, Raftery Garden Design. She designed gardens that were on the 2010 and 2017 Gamble Garden tours. Both of these gardens are lawn free.

Kim designs gardens with her husband, Kevin. Kevin and Kim have over 65 years of combined experience working in garden design and maintenance.  They emphasize sustainable garden practices whenever possible by recommending organic fertilizers, organic pest and disease management, efficient irrigation practices, and drought tolerant plants.


$25 Member (use promo code IRIS) / $35 Non-member

Online registration is closed. Walk-ins are welcome.