In Marin / CURRENTS
LAST YEAR WAS the driest year on record in California history, and we’re adjusting our lives accordingly this year — starting with our garden beds. Native gardens are both beautiful and practical, and although they too need winter rain, proper care in the initial planting stage can result in plants that are a bit more drought-resistant than your average daisy. Kevin Sadlier
of Green Jeans Garden Supply advises watering native plants very well initially, so they
establish deep taproots to sustain them during the arid months, and suggests beginning
to build your beds with these five plants. Want to learn more about adaptable plant life?
Head to the S.F. Flower and Garden Show March 19–23 for some basic training and eye-catching blooms. greenjeansgardensupply.com, sfgardenshow.com
FUN FAC T
CALIFORNIA LILAC MANZANITA CALIFORNIA POPPY
California lilacs are
evergreen and one
of the most fragrant
shrubs in the state.
COYO TE BUSH S TICK Y MONKE Y FLOWER
USES Can be planted as
ground cover and is
also available as a
medium or tall shrub or
a small tree.
As manzanita is a winter bloomer, planting it
is a great way to provide
forage for pollinating
insects during the dormant months.
Can be used as ground
cover, but is also
available in shrub or
poppies in the wild is
illegal, as they are our
state flower. Grow your
own so you can pluck
all you want.
Pop of color — can be
found in yellow coastal
and the more familiar
orange, but has been
hybridized to produce
other shades and colors.
Aside from being
drought tolerant after
maturity, coyote bush
Can be used for ground
cover; also useful for
hedging and fence lines.
The foliage is so sticky
it was reportedly used
by Native Americans
as a butterfly-type
Colors range from
yellows and apricots to
pinks and reds.
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With the ever-increasing traffic in Marin, ditching your
car (and the gridlock) in favor of a more efficient mode of
transportation seems ideal; unfortunately, the public transit options in place aren’t exactly quick or easy. Sausalito
architect Allen Nichol has a solution: Marin trolleys.
Nichol’s nonprofit organization of the same name aims
to garner support to bring back the tracks that once wove
through Marin, though instead of steam trains, Nichol’s
vision centers on environmentally friendly electric
light-rail trolleys. “We need to return to our past, when
streetcars and trains traveled all over the county, creating the charming towns and villages that make Marin a
special place,” Nichol says. “The electric streetcars will
be quiet, for everyone, and will come right through your
neighborhood.” Nichol’s trolleys would also decrease
greenhouse gas emissions, being powered instead by batteries and hydrogen. The idea has already gained traction
— the Transportation Authority of Marin plans to conduct
a study on the feasibility of the Ross Valley Trolley (an
example from Texas is shown here), which would run from
Fairfax to Fourth Street in San Rafael, in the coming year.
Future lines could connect to Larkspur, Corte Madera,
Mill Valley and Sausalito. marintrolleys.org C.V. P. All Aboard