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Uli and Stuart Bailey
517 Las Gaviotas Boulevard
The owners of this property, a River Star Home, have done extensive work to establish an environmentally friendly yard. Half of the front yard has been converted into a pollinator garden with a variety of native plants including yarrow, black-eyed Susans, coneflowers and even some acorn squash. The Baileys avoid unnecessary watering and minimize the use of fertilizer on the other remaining lawn areas. The path to the front door consists of moisture-pervious material to allow rainwater absorption. The front yard is graced by crepe myrtle and cherry trees, while the back yard has several mature oaks and sweet gums which give the property a 50% tree canopy. The backyard includes additional herb and vegetable gardens, wildlife friendly native plants like Virginia sweet spire and beauty berry and an area for traditional and Bokashi composting. A 132 gallon rain barrel from the Elizabeth River Project is located at one corner of the house and another is being planned. Besides being Elizabeth River Project River Starts, the owners are also members of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the local Las Gaviotas Garden Club.