'DRIVE BY OR DRIVE THROUGH'
This month the Garden Club is featuring a business as our “Garden of the Month” that shows how attractive “drought friendly” landscaping can be. Starbucks opened its newest store, actually replacing a store in Century Center, last April. Now located on the northeast corner of Oakdale Rd and Scenic Drive, it is less than a quarter of a mile from the Bethel Church where our monthly meetings are held so it will be easy to see on the way to a monthly.
Starbucks designs their stores to be community gathering places and are deeply concerned about the impact the current drought has on the people of Modesto, environment and economy. Local management works closely with facilities managers and landlords to determine the types of plants that support Modesto’s local environment and tailored the landscaping to fit the needs of our community.
Several grasses are used such as mondo, toffee twist and Mexican feather grass providing a constantly moving backdrop. To add color there are daylilies with bright tangerine colored flower, white flowers on fortnight lilies and both color and texture are provided with bottlebrush and boxwood.
If you would like to have a coffee or cold drink, there is a patio area with a few tables for customers to enjoy the landscape and their coffee which is surrounded by a decorative wrought iron fence. Completing the landscape design is the drive-through lane. A few miniature pink roses among boxwoods greet you. There are several jasmine covered trellises on the masonry wall on one side and small cypress trees on the other.
If you miss it in August you can still catch a glimpse on your way to the September Garden Club General Meeting.