From nightmare backyard to a butterfly haven
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A garden for butterflies

Kris and Dave Ethington of San Clemente are the grand prize winners of Orange County’s 2018 California Friendly Garden Contest. A small koi pond with recirculating water highlights their rear patio deck made of oiled wood.

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The Ethingtons’ front yard is all abloom. They replaced the lawn and an ivy/juniper bank at their San Clemente home with all California native plants.

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Rain gutters direct moisture to underground dry wells dug 2 feet wide and 3 feet deep, filled with permeable landscaping fabric and rocks. 

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Dave and Kris Ethington like do-it-yourself projects, but recommend calling in professional help with certain tasks. 

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The Ethingtons’ backyard was overrun with ivy and juniper. It is now neatly landscaped with  California native plants.

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The family loves butterflies, and butterflies love what they planted: buckwheats, salvias and milkweed, to name a few.

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A water plant grows out of a koi pond at the edge of the Ethingtons’ deck made of oiled wood.

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Kris and Dave Ethington have a stunning view of San Clemente and the Pacific Ocean from their backyard.

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There are blooms all year-round at the Ethingtons’ San Clemente home, thanks to an all-California native landscaping.

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A sign nestled in the drought-resistant foliage points to the Ethingtons’ pride in their reconfigured yard.

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