Address: 56 Copper Creek, Irvine, CA 92603 Access: Limited; decomposed granite pathways
The location of the garden adjacent to open space and a creek provide the backdrop for a naturalistic garden with meandering shaded paths, secluded seating areas, and bountiful flowerbeds. The unfenced property provides an open, spacious feeling as well as the joys and challenges of visiting wildlife: bunnies and deer feasting on plants and remains from an occasional coyote dinner. But the excitement of seeing a doe and her fawn in the garden is worth the sacrifice of a few plants.
It is also an edible garden for humans, containing a raised vegetable garden and a fruit tree orchard. A potting counter with a sink for washing fruits and veggies, a composting area, as well as a greenhouse for propagating plants make caring for the garden a pleasure.
The front yard, back slope and creek side garden areas contain native and drought-tolerant plants that blend seamlessly into the surrounding wild areas. The loggia provides a relaxing place to sit by an outdoor fireplace and watch TV, or have dinner while watching the setting sun turn the nearby rock formations a brilliant gold.
n Shady Canyon is a gated community. Present program listing of address of home at guard gate.