Your garden has the power to connect you to the wilder world

Much of our residential landscaping emphasizes tidiness and uniformity so that when we're at home, we feel isolated from our favorite wild places and the creatures who inhabit them; but it doesn’t have to be that way. We can design our gardens to be more like the landscapes of wild California, filled with plants that provide food and shelter for birds, pollinators, and other wildlife, allowing us to stay connected while we're home.

I belong to an expanding community of gardeners who encourage people to view their own gardens as living, ever-changing systems that support the web of life, and to see this as part of a larger effort to restore valuable habitat that has been lost to residential development.

Your garden can be a link in a chain of habitat gardens, uniting your home ground with the wider, wilder world beyond your neighborhood, and I can help you get started.

Next: Evolution of a Garden: A Case Study in 4 Photos 


Wyethia angustifolia (mules ears) with manzanita and other California natives in Suzi's habitat garden.


The Rotary Peace Garden at Toby's in downtown Point Reyes Station
The Peace Garden at Toby's in downtown Point Reyes Station was donated to the community by the Rotary Club of West Marin. The three 10' x 10' raised beds are packed with plants that provide a succession of bloom from early spring and into the fall. Photo © Suzi Katz Garden Design


Rotary Peace Garden by Suzi Katz Garden Design
The Rotary Peace Garden provides locals and visitors a place to socialize; it was designed to support native bees, honeybees, wasps, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Photo © Suzi Katz Garden Design