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306 Broadway

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByNick Winslow

Landscape Maintained ByNick Winslow

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Nick's garden reflects the influence of Alan Chadwick. Storm water is harvested with from downspouts with five-gallon buckets during the winter which is then transferred into 50-gallon cisterns. By using drought tolerant crops these 50-gallon cisterns water the garden into late July. Organic matter is added to the soil using compost and cover crops adding nutrients and increasing water retention. Nick also cultivates dry farm tomatoes which pull water from the deeper water profile.

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The Natural Bridges High School was outfitted with two 4,000 gallon storm water cisterns. WIth the help of Ecology Action and the IDEASS program at University of California Santa Cruz stormwater will now be harvested and irrigate an apple orchard within the garden. Overflow from the cisterns will drain into permeable gravel which will help water infiltrate into the soil.

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Before Michael transformed his landscape into the Monterey Bay Friendly site, the area was covered with Ivy. After removing the invasive species by hand Michael went to work planting drought tolerant native plants and setting up drip irrigation. The hillside also is irritated by stormwater harvested from various downspouts around the property which drain into rain barrels. The harvested stormwater is hand watered both during the summer and in between storms.

County of Santa Cruz Public Health Building

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByNicole Douglass Landscape Design

Landscape Maintained ByCounty of Santa Cruz Parks Department

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

With the help of volunteers from a lose your lawn workshop on April 15th, the Emeline park was transformed into a low maintenance water efficient landscape. Volunteers sheet mulched the 3,100ft2 park to increase soil organic matter. The west side of the landscape has a curb cut to allow water to flow from the sidewalk into the landscape and infiltrate back into the soil. In addition, drip irrigation was set by Ecology Action and the Santa Cruz Park department to reduce water use.

Santa Cruz City Hall Public Works Courtyard

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByMia Duquet, City of Santa Cruz Parks Department

Landscape Maintained ByCIty of Santa Cruz Parks Department

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

On May 21, 2016, Ecology Action, Patagonia and the Water Conservation Coalition of Santa Cruz County sponsored a Lose-Your Lawn Workshop. This free community workshop resulted in the replacement of 1,200 ft2 of lawn at Santa Cruz City Hall with a beautiful Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape. This landscape will inspire the public and visitors to City Hall to harvest the rain and renovate their thirsty landscapes with low-water use plant selections. The lawn was rennovated with the sheet mulching method, which conserves carbon and soil organic matter by eliminating trips to the landfill.

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Pacific Grove

Landscape Designed ByOona Johnsen Landscape Architecture

Landscape Maintained ByAES Landscaping

oonajohnsenlandscapearchitecture.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

As part of the RainScape Rebate Program, a front corner planter area at the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum was redesigned to incorporate a demonstration of low impact development landscapes. There was an opportunity to tell a story about how a raindrop travels from the sky, on the museum rooftop, through the landscape, into underground stormwater pipes, and eventually to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Museum roof downspouts were disconnected routed to a flow-through planter and rain garden. The flow-through planter accepts water from the downspout which then slows and cleans the water with a combination of bio-retention soil mix and plant root systems. When the water level reaches capacity in the planter, it flows into a created rain garden. The rain garden is a depressed and planted landscape feature, which accepts roof rainwater from the adjacent flow-through planter. Overflow will be routed to an adjacent storm drain.
With the help of adding organic compost amendment to the rain garden and mulch later, more stormwater is retained. In addition, only California Coastal plants were planted which are beneficial for habitat and pollinating species.

Jigger Drive

Soquel

Landscape Designed ByKostigen Mumpers (homeowners)

Landscape Maintained ByKostigen Mumpers (homeowners)

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

These homeowner's wanted to create a landscape that was drought tolerant, easy to maintain, and aesthetically pleasing.

Garfield Park Library

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByThe Landscape Company

thelandscapecompany.com

Seed Dream Rockery

Captiola

Landscape Designed ByOwner

Landscape Maintained ByOwner

timebanksantacruz.org

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This mature permaculture site has 29 fruit trees, 11 vegetable beds, a fishpond and 2 beehives.Trees are minimally pruned and were originally planted to accommodate their mature size. Lawn was removed and greywater and rainwater harvesting systems installed. All stormwater and yard trimmings (plus kitchen scraps from 3 neighboring households) are retained onsite, producing compost and helping to retain moisture in the soil. Seeds are propagated in a 6x6 pop-up greenhouse and organic produce from the site (fruit, vegetables, honey, seedlings and other plants) are sold curbside. A Little Library and a Poetry Box also draw neighbors to the site and create community..

Munning Residence

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByKen Foster / Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping

Landscape Maintained ByTerra Nova Ecological Landscaping

terranovalandscaping.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Terra Nova removed the driveway concrete from the side fence back. Then reused the concrete to build 'Urbanite' patio and walkways.
They installed a native grass meadow, a laundry to landscape graywater system, a drip system, edible landscaping, a keyhole raised garden bed and a rainwater catchment system.

Using mulch and compost to build healthy soil.
Removed invasive plants.
Lost non functional lawn.
Growing drought tolerant and California Native Plants.
Practice natural pruning and plant spacing.
Replaced spray irrigation with drip irrigation.
Removed 720 SF of non-permeable concrete.
Directed 1719 SF of impervious roof area to a dry creek bed.
Disconnected 5 downspouts and direct rain to tanks and cisterns collecting 695 gallons.
Grow vegetables in a raised keyhole garden bed.
Installed a laundry to landscape system to feed front yard's 8 fruit trees.
Reused concrete pieces to create permeable pathways and patio.
Replaced front yard lawn with food forest, made of herbs and fruit trees.
Planted native sedge meadow. Designed as play space for kids and dogs.
Built a worm bin to compost food and plant waste.
Practice non-toxic pest control methods.
Provide wildlife habitat with native plants and flowers.

Pacific Grove Oak Woodland Landscape

Pacific Grove

Landscape Designed ByDouglas Landscape Design

Landscape Maintained ByResident

douglaslandscapedesign.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This is a gorgeous site in Pacific Grove with an ocean view. The plant palette was chosen very specifically to be deer-resistant, tolerant of ocean conditions and quite shade tolerant since the site is dominated by large, mature oak trees. My objectives in plant selection was to focus almost entirely California native oak woodland plant selections and create a gorgeous, thriving habitat garden for pollinators and wildlife.

Urban Homestead in Marina

Marina

Landscape Designed ByJuli Hofmann

Landscape Maintained ByJuli Hofmann

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This garden began as a weedy, sandy lot with a dead lawn and one blighted fruit tree. Twenty years and many cubic yards of home compost and mulch later, the soil now supports an eclectic mix of natives, Mediterranean and succulents, pollinator supporting and edible plants. The coastal oaks planted as one gallon seedlings—now taller than the house—happily grow with no additional water. Raised food garden beds were built with urbanite up-cycled from a concrete pathway demolition. Rain collection capacity is currently at over 1,000 gallons and all the roof water is utilized to deep soak the fruit trees during the rains. The diverse flowering plantings supplement the forage of the back-yard honey bee apiary all throughout the year.

Scotts Valley Residence Permeable Driveway

Scotts Valley

Landscape Designed ByOwners

Landscape Maintained ByOwners

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This home had an asphalt driveway and side yard that was creating stormwater run-off to Granite Creek.
The owners removed the asphalt and substituted with base rock and California Gold gravel to provide 1200 square feet of pervious surface to their adjacent low-water landscape.

Live Oak Garden

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByMichael Johnson

Landscape Maintained ByOwner

Watsonville Residential Garden

Watsonville

Landscape Designed BySierra Azul Nursery and Gardens

Landscape Maintained ByOwner

sierraazul.com

Watsonville Fire Station #2

Watsonville

Landscape Designed ByNicole Douglas

Landscape Maintained ByOwner

douglaslandscapedesign.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The California Conservation Corps teamed with the City of Watsonville to transform the old, neglected, sprinkler irrigated landscape into a beautiful, drought-tolerant demonstration garden.

Watsonville Residential Garden

Watsonville

Landscape Designed BySierra Azul Nursery and Gardens

Landscape Maintained ByOwner

sierraazul.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Another thirsty, high-maintenance lawn replaced with beautiful drought-tolerant plants and dry creek bed feature.

Inner Light Ministries Children’s Garden

Soquel

Landscape Designed ByLove's Gardens

Landscape Maintained ByLoves Gardens and family volunteers

lovesgardens.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Inspired by the drought, The Inner Light Ministries Church began to redesign the children’s garden to be a water neutral garden in 2013. This 4500 square foot garden features a sustainable lawn of native coastal bent grass (Agrostis pallens) for a play area that is shaped as an infiltration basin. It receives sub surface drip from the 3000 gallon rain tank and only needs to be watered once a month. Love’s Gardens, a landscape company focused on environmental sustainability, volunteers to maintain the children’s playground with family volunteers. Golden Love calculated the amount of rainwater that could be collected from the 1600 square foot section of roof and acquired a 3000 gallon rain tank to water the new lawn, the children’s veggie garden, and the fruiting vines and trees. The garden redesign qualified for Soquel Creek Water District conservation rebates and local companies gave discounts on supplies to make the project affordable. By the conclusion of the project, Inner Light will have received over $2000 in rebates to offset much of the cost of the garden project.
The garden was envisioned, coordinated and designed by Orsolya Salzberg, Reverend Beth Love and Golden Love among many other visionaries and volunteers. The children at the church also helped make it happen from digging, planting, mulching and moving the rain tank into place. This is truly a community garden that uses very little municipal water.

Monterey Presidio Chapel

Seaside

Landscape Designed ByU.S. Army Corps of Engineers & Ecological Concerns, Inc.

Landscape Maintained ByEcological Concerns, Inc.

ecologicalconcerns.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This chapel, as part of the Monterey Presidio, features a landscape with drought tolerant native California plants and recycled wood mulch. The passive drip irrigation system reduces overall water consumption and utilizes reclaimed water as it's primary water source. The downspouts for the roof drain into rock bioretention areas that surround the building.

D.O.D Passive Irrigation Project

Seaside

Landscape Designed ByU.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Landscape Maintained ByEcological Concerns, Inc.

ecologicalconcerns.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers designed a passive irrigation system for their Federal Building in Seaside. It features a lawn area in the middle of a hill that drains to outfalls of areas surrounding the lawn. This xeriscape project also features plants native to California, and the mulch is made from recycled wood. Irrigation is supplied by a drip system that uses reclaimed water.

Douglas Residence

Soquel

Landscape Designed ByDouglas Landscape Design

Landscape Maintained ByDouglas Landscape Design

douglaslandscapedesign.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Landscape designer's own home. 3,000 square feet of non-functional turf was removed and replaced with drought-tolerant plants from various Mediterranean regions of the world including Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. I primarily experiment with plants that I want to learn more about, so my landscape is more random and naturalistic than many of the projects that I design for clients. Because I have many different gorgeous plants that bloom during all times of the year, I attract many birds, pollinators and insects. My garden is literally buzzing all the time. I have many succulents and two different types of walkable grass alternatives - Dymondia margaretae and Lippia nodiflora.

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The Shoreline/Goodwill Garden supports marginalized people in gaining access to fresh, local, organic produce. The garden features include composting systems, a fog catcher, and a hügelculture display surrounded by native/drought tolerant landscaping.
The garden is a partnership lead by Everyone’s Harvest involving five other nonprofits: 1) Goodwill of the Central Coast culinary job-training program working with individuals with barriers to employment, 2) Hope Services working with adults with developmental disabilities, 3) Marina Tree and Garden Club working with local resident members, 4) Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula Wellness Center working with staff, and 5) Veterans Transition Center working with veterans dealing with mental health issues, physical disabilities, and transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Max Circle Residential Garden

Marina

Landscape Designed ByPaula Fisler

Landscape Maintained ByMark and Paula Fisler

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Mark & Paula Fisler purchased their family home on Max Circle in 2008. After moving in they began watering the sod that was installed by the previous owners. After a year of frustration and wasted water, the Fislers had gutters installed directing the roof runoff rain water into collection containers. From there the Fislers redesigned their landscape to focus on a mix of edibles and drought tolerant plants. All of the sod was either dug up and piled for use as mounds or covered over with cardboard and wood chips to create pathways and sitting areas. Raised beds were built for annual vegetables and ground level beds for fruit trees. 95% of all watering is done by hand, using rainwater and applied only to new plantings and edibles. 70% of the landscape is planted with drought tolerant and native plants only receiving water naturally via rain. 1,600 gallons of rain water can be harvested and contained for future use, though much more is collected during the rainy seasons, as it is continually used for deep watering as the catchment containers fill to capacity.

Heart of Soquel Park

Soquel

Landscape Designed BySSA Landscape Architects, Inc.

Landscape Maintained ByCounty of Santa Cruz Department of Parks Open Space & Cultural Services

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The Heart of Soquel Plaza Park is located along Soquel Creek, with a significant portion of the project site within a designated riparian corridor. The project was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how passive recreation, and sustainable design principles are not mutually exclusive in a public open space. The project implemented rain gardens, pervious concrete, permeable pavers, and impervious areas that drain directly to the landscape. The plant palette was comprised of (mostly) native low to very low water use plants, as defined by the California Water Use Classification of Landscape Species (WUCOLS) and divided into the following areas: rain gardens, ornamentals and riparian restoration. Some showcase species include: Verbena bonariensis, Zauschneria californica, Festuca californica, and Ribes singuineum.

Cabrillo College Horticulture Building

Aptos

Landscape Designed ByCabrillo College Horticulture Department

Landscape Maintained ByCabrillo College Horticulture Department

cabrillo.edu

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This landscape surrounds the Cabrillo College Horticulture building’s classrooms and community room. It is on the top of a hill looking over the Monterey Bay and the Cabrillo College campus. The landscape was installed in 2005 but is continually being developed as a demonstration landscape and offers space for students to learn about sustainable landscape design as part of the horticulture department at Cabrillo College. This garden features California native plants, three 4,995 gallon rain water tanks, a student-built cob bench, permeable pathways and drip irrigation.

Phan Residence

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByEcological Concerns, Inc.

Landscape Maintained ByEcological Concerns, Inc.

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The landscape for this residence has been recently updated. The front yard features two dry creeks, which are located on both sides of the driveway. They are surrounded by drought tolerant plants. The backyard features a paver patio with pervious joints and drought tolerant plants. The hillside below the patio has been planted with all California native plants by Ecological Concerns in Santa Cruz. All plants are irrigated by drip tubing with emitters.

Mary’s Gorgeous Rain Garden

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByDouglas Landscape Design

Landscape Maintained ByJuan Renteria

douglaslandscapedesign.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Mary is an awesome client and an enthusiastic proponent of all things ecological-landscaping. After attending my water-wise design class at Cabrillo Extension last summer, I designed an installed a beautiful perennial garden in the front of her home, removing 1,300 SF of non-functional turf. We recently began the design process for the back garden, once again removing 2,000 SF of dead lawn. Mary will receive the maximum turf removal rebate from Santa Cruz City Water two times in a row since the jobs were done in two calendar years. The design includes only the lowest of the low-water plants since Mary is very conscientious about household water use. A large, curving dry creek bed with large Sonoma Fieldstone boulders is the main feature in the garden, diverting one of the major downspouts to groundwater recharge. Also included is a flagstone patio set in DG and large arbor to block the south-west facing sun at dinnertime. The garden also features several meandering pathways to access the raised veggie bed, along with a footbridge that crosses the dry creek.

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The community foundation leads the area in water conscious landscapes demonstrating the ability to design a beautiful landscape while maintaining values in water conservation. The 3,000 square foot landscape utilizes woodchip mulch, drought tolerant native plants, and drip irrigation. Downspouts drain storm water into permeable gravel to slow runoff and allow the water to sink into the soil.

Vintage Faith Church

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByTina Grubbe and Shauna Scott

Landscape Maintained ByTina Grubbe, Shauna Scott, and the Vintage Faith Community

vintagechurch.org

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

During the spring of 2015, Vintage Faith began altering the landscape in front of the church to better fit in with the goals they set. These goals included the creation of a low-water landscape that is eye-catching and beautiful. The landscape originally featured fruit trees like pear and apple, but these turned out to be inappropriate for the landscape. These trees were donated to Mesa Verde Gardens, who helps create organic community gardens to promote food security with families in Pajaro Valley. In order to transform the landscape, Vintage Faith removed the invasives that were taking over the space and propagated the existing natives to create a drought-tolerant and native plant pallet. The initial mulch was donated by a congregation member, and with the help of the community the landscape outside Vintage Faith is now well-mulched, drought-tolerant, and beautiful. The church has experienced a decrease in (or complete disappearance of) weeds due to heavy mulching, and trash too, due to a new respect the community has for the amazing amount of volunteer work and thought put into making this landscape Monterey Bay Friendly.

Plantronics Front Entry Renovation

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByJoni L. Janeki and Associates, Landscape Architects

Landscape Maintained ByGachina Landscape Management

jlja.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Plantronics is an international producer and distributor of communications technology with headquarters located in Santa Cruz, California and is dedicated to the ideas and goals of Global Citizenship. To Plantronics, being a global citizen means working towards building a sustainable workplace that conserves energy, water, and other resources that contribute to a more sustainable community. Plantronics is supporting local businesses like CityBlooms who provides lettuce and specialty greens for the company cafeteria. This microfarm is located on the company property so that the food produced there is eaten minutes after it is harvested, ensuring its freshness for Plantronics employees and cutting emissions that are usually created through food transportation. CityBlooms also uses a computer-controlled hydroponic system that is capable of growing 1000 plants using 75 gallons of water. The system also utilizes recycled water and energy produced by the Plantronics solar system making this collaboration a great way to support local sustainable businesses that contribute to an energy- and water-efficient community. Plantronics is also helping to set a new standard in sustainable landscaping by installing and maintaining a Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape that will inspire others to follow. By using a “smart” irrigation controller that uses current weather data to apply water efficiently, planting drought-tolerant succulents, grasses and shrubs, and installing green infrastructure such as curb-cuts to manage stormwater runoff, Plantronics is saving more than 250,000 gallons of water per year and ensuring that the stormwater that leaves their property is cleaned up before entering our waterways.

32cnd Ave. Residence

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByHabitat Gardens

Landscape Maintained ByHabitat Gardens

habitat-gardens.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

All turf in the front yard was removed and low water use plants were installed.
Rain barrels and a grey water system were also installed.

Watsonville Residence

Watsonville

Landscape Designed ByJerry Allison Landscaping, Inc.

Landscape Maintained ByJerry Allison Landscaping, Inc.

jaland.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

At this site the front yard was replaced with low water use plants. There is no irrigation system and hand watering will only be needed once a month during the summer.

Green Valley Road Residence

Watsonville

Landscape Designed ByJerry Allison Landscaping, Inc.

Landscape Maintained ByJerry Allison Landscaping, Inc.

jaland.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

All turf was removed at this site and replaced in the front yard with succulents and a mulch of decorative California Gold pebbles. The back turf area was replaced by an ornamental No Mow grass ground cover. There is no irrigation system and supplemental irrigation of the back yard is only necessary when roof runoff is not adequate.

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The UCSC Biomedical building was completed in 2012 and LEED Gold certified in 2013. In keeping with the University’s Long-Range Development Plan (LRDP) which prioritizes sustainability, the landscaping surrounding the building was designed to minimize water use and manage stormwater runoff to protect water quality and prevent erosion. In 2014, Santa Cruz was asked to reduce its water use by 25%. This included UCSC, who met that goal and focused many of their conservation efforts on irrigation. To minimize water needs and to remain compatible with the surrounding native plant community (as laid out in the 2004-2020 LRDP), the landscaping around the Biomedical building features mainly native and drought-resistant plants. All of the run-off from the spray irrigation leads to either a vegetated area downslope of the building or drains that slowly release water into the natural drainage system of the campus. In this UCSC landscape, the trees create plenty of leaf litter for mulch so that no additional mulch needs to be added.The irrigation for this landscape is controlled by an Oasis Control Station which includes features like satellite controllers, evolution flow and weather sensing devices, as well as a personal computer operating system for Windows XP. The system can be remotely controlled from the central computer or accessed from a smart phone. It also provides automatic and timely notifications of system malfunctions.

Santa Cruz Regional 911 Call Center

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByDuncan Designs

Landscape Maintained ByCoastal Evergreen Company

coastalevergreen.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Before the 911 Call Center decided to transform the landscape surrounding the building, large hedges dominated the area, closing in the parking lot and adding little to the building's appearance. However, the landscape that now surrounds the call center features a rain garden, a variety of beautiful drought-tolerant plants, and a more open and inviting design. When the landscape was transitioning, Cabrillo students participating in a horticulture class used the site to learn how to design landscapes. The class created designs for the front entrance landscape, the area at the back of the building, and the employee entrance area by the parking lot. The call center then called in a professional landscape designer, Maggie Duncan, who incorporated parts of the Cabrillo students’ designs into the final designs for these three areas. One feature inspired by the class designs is the dry creek bed rain garden that runs through the landscaping by the front entrance. The landscape that now surrounds the call center helps to slow, spread, and sink rain water during storms and provides a beautiful alternative to large, maintenance-intensive hedges.

Carmel Residence

Carmel

Landscape Designed ByHill and Dale Landscapes

Landscape Maintained ByHill and Dale Landscapes

hillanddalelandscapes.net

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

What makes this site interesting is the removal of the driveway and the installation of permeable pavers to capture rainwater on site.

Pacific Grove Residence

Pacific Grove

Landscape Designed ByHill and Dale Landscapes

Landscape Maintained ByHill and Dale Landscapes

hillanddalelandscapes.net

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The stormwater management element of this property is multi-functional. The swale is also a path to the side gate.

Carmel Valley Manor

Carmel

Landscape Designed ByGordon Dill

Landscape Maintained ByGordon Dill

cvmanor.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This project is evolving. All areas of turf are being converted to low water use plants.
Please visit their website for more photos.
All rooftop runoff is diverted to bioretention swales.

Seaside Moon Garden

Seaside

Landscape Designed ByHill and Dale Landscapes

Landscape Maintained ByHill and Dale Landscapes

hillanddalelandscapes.net

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Entire backyard is permeable with all downspouts directed to the landscape.
No rainwater leaves the site.

Giese-Gardner Residence

Los Gatos

Landscape Designed ByHomeowners

Landscape Maintained ByHomeowners

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Jim and Sandy Giese-Gardner live in the Upper Zayante area of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Their land is approximately 2 acres, however much of the terrain is steep an left to a natural landscape of redwoods, oaks, and madrones. The front yard has been terraced using rock walls that contain beds of drought-tolerant, perennial plantings such as rosemary, lavenders, and sages. The Giese-Gardners have recently added a 1000 gallon rain catchment system containing two 500 gallon cisterns connected to a pup and filters that irrigates the garden through drip irrigation system.

Via Gayuba Residence

Monterey CA

Landscape Designed ByAlicia Simpson

Landscape Maintained ByAlicia Simpson

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The Owner of this Monterey Bay home transformed her yard into a beautiful and sustainable landscape. The driveway was removed and converted into a permeable walkway to her backyard. The landscapes are filled with drought tolerant and native plants that are watered once a week for 12 minutes through a drip irrigation system. Over 4” of recycled mulch, was laid over both the front and back yard landscapes and is replaced and maintained by the property owner herself. Instead of using pesticides the homeowner placed gopher baskets around all plants to insure that they would flourish. The landscapes turned into a low maintenance project for the homeowner who is also working on other landscapes as a hobby. Her hope is to show that sustainability can be beautiful.

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Midori Haus (Midori is Japanese for “green” and Haus is German for “house”), was originally built in 1922, purchased by the owners in 2010, and transformed into a Passive House in 2012. The idea of Passive House is based on the design principle of heating and cooling the house through proper insulation, orientation of the house, and other techniques, without needing the use of heaters or air conditioning. The sustainable design of the house is echoed in the surrounding landscape. When the house was purchased it had a lawn in both the front and back yards. However, after the house began its green transformation, the lawns were sheet-mulched to remove the need to water those areas. Besides eliminating the need to water the lawn, the owners have also seen the benefits of sheet mulching in the form or happier plants (fed by the moisture trapped in the ground by the mulch) and eliminated flooding of their back yard. A greywater system is also in place to direct used water from the washing machine into the landscape. Along with drought-tolerant plants and a rain cistern that serves nonpotable functions inside the house, Midori Haus is a great example of a Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape!

Pacific Grove Residence

Pacific Grove

Landscape Designed ByNative Sun Landscape Design

Landscape Maintained ByNative Sun Landscape Design

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Westside Santa Cruz Residential Garden

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByDashiell Dunkell

Landscape Maintained Byhis parents, Andre and Nancy

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Thirty years ago, the front yard consisted of weedy grass and 2 nondescript trees. It has been through many phases, slowly evolving towards more drought-tolerant plants, but still needing regular summer water.
Nancy and Andre finally took the leap and removed the hedge, thirsty shrubs and flowers. They built a fence and contoured the landscape to facilitate the drainage preferred by the natives they planted. They also created a bioswale to accommodate runoff from the rain barrels. Finally, they sprinkled central coast wildflower seeds all around, and are looking forward to next spring!
They anticipate minimal watering next summer, and almost none once the plants are fully established. Their goal was to create a bird, butterfly and bee garden, and to minimize maintenance and water consumption.
Several years ago, they began acquiring rain barrels through the City program, and now have 480 gallon capacity. They also installed a laundry to landscape system for 3 fruit trees in the back yard, along with lots of native plants, so are able to use the rainwater mainly for the vegetable garden and porch containers.

Tierra Pacifica Charter School

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByJennifer Colfer and Jody Garsia, Landscape Architects

Landscape Maintained BySchool parent volunteers

tierrapacifica.org

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This courtyard area is a place for students, families and staff to gather. It is also a place to demonstrate Monterey Bay friendly landscaping principles to the next generation of land and water stewards. A large bioswale that runs along the perimeter of the courtyard exemplifies the "slow it, sink it, spread it" approach to controlling storm water run off on site. Permeable pavers in the courtyard also allow water return to the soil. Rainwater cisterns gather supplemental water for edible plantings such as persimmon and apple trees. Tile mosaics created by students on the face of raised planters depict the salmon life cycle in the local watershed, creating a connection to the larger environment that surrounds us. Drip irrigation, and a native and water wise plant palette reduce overall water consumption.

Soquel Creek Water District

Soquel

Landscape Designed ByMichael Arnone and Associates and installed by Prime Landscape Services Inc.

Landscape Maintained BySoquel Creek Water District

arnonelandscape.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Soquel Creek Water District strives to practice what we preach, to encourage our community to conserve water in the landscape. Over the past years we have used our own landscaped area around our District headquarters as a showcase and training ground for low-water use landscaping when possible. Through a partnership with the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County, a California State Water Resource Control Board grant was awarded to help fund the re-landscaping of the headquarters building to demonstrate Low Impact Development techniques especially with regards to reducing run-off from landscapes and conserving water. The site features a 2,825 gallon rain harvesting tank, a rain garden, and an infiltration basin that diverts the rain gutter drain into a permeable rock layer with underground crates to allow the water to seep into the ground instead of running off into the storm drains.

Gagnier Residence

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByDuncan Designs

Landscape Maintained ByHomeowner

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This new construction has a large Monterey Bay Friendly stormwater infiltration system built in. All downspouts from 2000 square feet of roof drain to two large percolation pits (4'x4'x4' each). Any runoff that doesn't infiltrate in the percolation pits is directed to the drycreek which runs through the front planted area. Additionally, a beautiful rain chain drains to the same system.

Garage Unlimited

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByGreg Lewis and Don Genesy/ Barry Swenson Builders

Landscape Maintained ByAqua Green Landscape Irrigation/ Green Touch Landscape Maintenance

aquagreentouch.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This large commercial site maximizes rainwater infiltration and truly demonstrates the whole suite of ecological landscaping principles. A 33,000 square foot parking lot and all downspouts from a 38,500 square feet of impervious roof are directed into a 1000 square foot drycreek which runs the length of the building and ends in a 1,800 square foot planted bioswale. The plant palette is spectacular and consists of mature, low-water and low-maintenance Mediterranean and California native plant selections.

Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByThomas Scherer

Landscape Maintained ByAqua Green Landscape Irrigation/ Green Touch Landscape Maintenance

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Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Construction of a new wing of this medical facility triggered a total landscape redo. New design featured removal of 3,100 square feet of non-functional turf and replacement with beautiful, low-water plants. Additionally, all downspouts are directed into a 160 square foot bioswale featured in the front of the building.

The Homestead

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByHomeowner

Landscape Maintained ByHomeowner

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The front yard of this property used to be a dog kennel's recreation area with a dirty artificial lawn that was falling apart. Upon purchase of the property, the homeowner's goal was to transform the space into their own personal homestead; somewhere they could relax after a day of hard work with the look and feel of the Live Oak farmhouse that existed on site when the home was constructed in 1947. If they were going to use water for landscaping they preferred to grow edible plants, flowers and shade trees. The artificial lawn was replaced with permeable paving stones and an edible garden with raised beds and fruit trees.

306 Broadway

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByNick Winslow

Landscape Maintained ByNick Winslow

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Nick's garden reflects the influence of Alan Chadwick. Storm water is harvested with from downspouts with five-gallon buckets during the winter which is then transferred into 50-gallon cisterns. By using drought tolerant crops these 50-gallon cisterns water the garden into late July. Organic matter is added to the soil using compost and cover crops adding nutrients and increasing water retention. Nick also cultivates dry farm tomatoes which pull water from the deeper water profile.

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Before Michael transformed his landscape into the Monterey Bay Friendly site, the area was covered with Ivy. After removing the invasive species by hand Michael went to work planting drought tolerant native plants and setting up drip irrigation. The hillside also is irritated by stormwater harvested from various downspouts around the property which drain into rain barrels. The harvested stormwater is hand watered both during the summer and in between storms.

Jigger Drive

Soquel

Landscape Designed ByKostigen Mumpers (homeowners)

Landscape Maintained ByKostigen Mumpers (homeowners)

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

These homeowner's wanted to create a landscape that was drought tolerant, easy to maintain, and aesthetically pleasing.

Seed Dream Rockery

Captiola

Landscape Designed ByOwner

Landscape Maintained ByOwner

timebanksantacruz.org

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This mature permaculture site has 29 fruit trees, 11 vegetable beds, a fishpond and 2 beehives.Trees are minimally pruned and were originally planted to accommodate their mature size. Lawn was removed and greywater and rainwater harvesting systems installed. All stormwater and yard trimmings (plus kitchen scraps from 3 neighboring households) are retained onsite, producing compost and helping to retain moisture in the soil. Seeds are propagated in a 6x6 pop-up greenhouse and organic produce from the site (fruit, vegetables, honey, seedlings and other plants) are sold curbside. A Little Library and a Poetry Box also draw neighbors to the site and create community..

Munning Residence

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByKen Foster / Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping

Landscape Maintained ByTerra Nova Ecological Landscaping

terranovalandscaping.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Terra Nova removed the driveway concrete from the side fence back. Then reused the concrete to build 'Urbanite' patio and walkways.
They installed a native grass meadow, a laundry to landscape graywater system, a drip system, edible landscaping, a keyhole raised garden bed and a rainwater catchment system.

Using mulch and compost to build healthy soil.
Removed invasive plants.
Lost non functional lawn.
Growing drought tolerant and California Native Plants.
Practice natural pruning and plant spacing.
Replaced spray irrigation with drip irrigation.
Removed 720 SF of non-permeable concrete.
Directed 1719 SF of impervious roof area to a dry creek bed.
Disconnected 5 downspouts and direct rain to tanks and cisterns collecting 695 gallons.
Grow vegetables in a raised keyhole garden bed.
Installed a laundry to landscape system to feed front yard's 8 fruit trees.
Reused concrete pieces to create permeable pathways and patio.
Replaced front yard lawn with food forest, made of herbs and fruit trees.
Planted native sedge meadow. Designed as play space for kids and dogs.
Built a worm bin to compost food and plant waste.
Practice non-toxic pest control methods.
Provide wildlife habitat with native plants and flowers.

Pacific Grove Oak Woodland Landscape

Pacific Grove

Landscape Designed ByDouglas Landscape Design

Landscape Maintained ByResident

douglaslandscapedesign.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This is a gorgeous site in Pacific Grove with an ocean view. The plant palette was chosen very specifically to be deer-resistant, tolerant of ocean conditions and quite shade tolerant since the site is dominated by large, mature oak trees. My objectives in plant selection was to focus almost entirely California native oak woodland plant selections and create a gorgeous, thriving habitat garden for pollinators and wildlife.

Urban Homestead in Marina

Marina

Landscape Designed ByJuli Hofmann

Landscape Maintained ByJuli Hofmann

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This garden began as a weedy, sandy lot with a dead lawn and one blighted fruit tree. Twenty years and many cubic yards of home compost and mulch later, the soil now supports an eclectic mix of natives, Mediterranean and succulents, pollinator supporting and edible plants. The coastal oaks planted as one gallon seedlings—now taller than the house—happily grow with no additional water. Raised food garden beds were built with urbanite up-cycled from a concrete pathway demolition. Rain collection capacity is currently at over 1,000 gallons and all the roof water is utilized to deep soak the fruit trees during the rains. The diverse flowering plantings supplement the forage of the back-yard honey bee apiary all throughout the year.

Scotts Valley Residence Permeable Driveway

Scotts Valley

Landscape Designed ByOwners

Landscape Maintained ByOwners

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This home had an asphalt driveway and side yard that was creating stormwater run-off to Granite Creek.
The owners removed the asphalt and substituted with base rock and California Gold gravel to provide 1200 square feet of pervious surface to their adjacent low-water landscape.

Live Oak Garden

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByMichael Johnson

Landscape Maintained ByOwner

Watsonville Residential Garden

Watsonville

Landscape Designed BySierra Azul Nursery and Gardens

Landscape Maintained ByOwner

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Watsonville Residential Garden

Watsonville

Landscape Designed BySierra Azul Nursery and Gardens

Landscape Maintained ByOwner

sierraazul.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Another thirsty, high-maintenance lawn replaced with beautiful drought-tolerant plants and dry creek bed feature.

Douglas Residence

Soquel

Landscape Designed ByDouglas Landscape Design

Landscape Maintained ByDouglas Landscape Design

douglaslandscapedesign.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Landscape designer's own home. 3,000 square feet of non-functional turf was removed and replaced with drought-tolerant plants from various Mediterranean regions of the world including Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. I primarily experiment with plants that I want to learn more about, so my landscape is more random and naturalistic than many of the projects that I design for clients. Because I have many different gorgeous plants that bloom during all times of the year, I attract many birds, pollinators and insects. My garden is literally buzzing all the time. I have many succulents and two different types of walkable grass alternatives - Dymondia margaretae and Lippia nodiflora.

Max Circle Residential Garden

Marina

Landscape Designed ByPaula Fisler

Landscape Maintained ByMark and Paula Fisler

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Mark & Paula Fisler purchased their family home on Max Circle in 2008. After moving in they began watering the sod that was installed by the previous owners. After a year of frustration and wasted water, the Fislers had gutters installed directing the roof runoff rain water into collection containers. From there the Fislers redesigned their landscape to focus on a mix of edibles and drought tolerant plants. All of the sod was either dug up and piled for use as mounds or covered over with cardboard and wood chips to create pathways and sitting areas. Raised beds were built for annual vegetables and ground level beds for fruit trees. 95% of all watering is done by hand, using rainwater and applied only to new plantings and edibles. 70% of the landscape is planted with drought tolerant and native plants only receiving water naturally via rain. 1,600 gallons of rain water can be harvested and contained for future use, though much more is collected during the rainy seasons, as it is continually used for deep watering as the catchment containers fill to capacity.

Phan Residence

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByEcological Concerns, Inc.

Landscape Maintained ByEcological Concerns, Inc.

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The landscape for this residence has been recently updated. The front yard features two dry creeks, which are located on both sides of the driveway. They are surrounded by drought tolerant plants. The backyard features a paver patio with pervious joints and drought tolerant plants. The hillside below the patio has been planted with all California native plants by Ecological Concerns in Santa Cruz. All plants are irrigated by drip tubing with emitters.

Mary’s Gorgeous Rain Garden

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByDouglas Landscape Design

Landscape Maintained ByJuan Renteria

douglaslandscapedesign.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Mary is an awesome client and an enthusiastic proponent of all things ecological-landscaping. After attending my water-wise design class at Cabrillo Extension last summer, I designed an installed a beautiful perennial garden in the front of her home, removing 1,300 SF of non-functional turf. We recently began the design process for the back garden, once again removing 2,000 SF of dead lawn. Mary will receive the maximum turf removal rebate from Santa Cruz City Water two times in a row since the jobs were done in two calendar years. The design includes only the lowest of the low-water plants since Mary is very conscientious about household water use. A large, curving dry creek bed with large Sonoma Fieldstone boulders is the main feature in the garden, diverting one of the major downspouts to groundwater recharge. Also included is a flagstone patio set in DG and large arbor to block the south-west facing sun at dinnertime. The garden also features several meandering pathways to access the raised veggie bed, along with a footbridge that crosses the dry creek.

32cnd Ave. Residence

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByHabitat Gardens

Landscape Maintained ByHabitat Gardens

habitat-gardens.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

All turf in the front yard was removed and low water use plants were installed.
Rain barrels and a grey water system were also installed.

Watsonville Residence

Watsonville

Landscape Designed ByJerry Allison Landscaping, Inc.

Landscape Maintained ByJerry Allison Landscaping, Inc.

jaland.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

At this site the front yard was replaced with low water use plants. There is no irrigation system and hand watering will only be needed once a month during the summer.

Green Valley Road Residence

Watsonville

Landscape Designed ByJerry Allison Landscaping, Inc.

Landscape Maintained ByJerry Allison Landscaping, Inc.

jaland.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

All turf was removed at this site and replaced in the front yard with succulents and a mulch of decorative California Gold pebbles. The back turf area was replaced by an ornamental No Mow grass ground cover. There is no irrigation system and supplemental irrigation of the back yard is only necessary when roof runoff is not adequate.

Carmel Residence

Carmel

Landscape Designed ByHill and Dale Landscapes

Landscape Maintained ByHill and Dale Landscapes

hillanddalelandscapes.net

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

What makes this site interesting is the removal of the driveway and the installation of permeable pavers to capture rainwater on site.

Pacific Grove Residence

Pacific Grove

Landscape Designed ByHill and Dale Landscapes

Landscape Maintained ByHill and Dale Landscapes

hillanddalelandscapes.net

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The stormwater management element of this property is multi-functional. The swale is also a path to the side gate.

Seaside Moon Garden

Seaside

Landscape Designed ByHill and Dale Landscapes

Landscape Maintained ByHill and Dale Landscapes

hillanddalelandscapes.net

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Entire backyard is permeable with all downspouts directed to the landscape.
No rainwater leaves the site.

Giese-Gardner Residence

Los Gatos

Landscape Designed ByHomeowners

Landscape Maintained ByHomeowners

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Jim and Sandy Giese-Gardner live in the Upper Zayante area of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Their land is approximately 2 acres, however much of the terrain is steep an left to a natural landscape of redwoods, oaks, and madrones. The front yard has been terraced using rock walls that contain beds of drought-tolerant, perennial plantings such as rosemary, lavenders, and sages. The Giese-Gardners have recently added a 1000 gallon rain catchment system containing two 500 gallon cisterns connected to a pup and filters that irrigates the garden through drip irrigation system.

Via Gayuba Residence

Monterey CA

Landscape Designed ByAlicia Simpson

Landscape Maintained ByAlicia Simpson

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The Owner of this Monterey Bay home transformed her yard into a beautiful and sustainable landscape. The driveway was removed and converted into a permeable walkway to her backyard. The landscapes are filled with drought tolerant and native plants that are watered once a week for 12 minutes through a drip irrigation system. Over 4” of recycled mulch, was laid over both the front and back yard landscapes and is replaced and maintained by the property owner herself. Instead of using pesticides the homeowner placed gopher baskets around all plants to insure that they would flourish. The landscapes turned into a low maintenance project for the homeowner who is also working on other landscapes as a hobby. Her hope is to show that sustainability can be beautiful.

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Midori Haus (Midori is Japanese for “green” and Haus is German for “house”), was originally built in 1922, purchased by the owners in 2010, and transformed into a Passive House in 2012. The idea of Passive House is based on the design principle of heating and cooling the house through proper insulation, orientation of the house, and other techniques, without needing the use of heaters or air conditioning. The sustainable design of the house is echoed in the surrounding landscape. When the house was purchased it had a lawn in both the front and back yards. However, after the house began its green transformation, the lawns were sheet-mulched to remove the need to water those areas. Besides eliminating the need to water the lawn, the owners have also seen the benefits of sheet mulching in the form or happier plants (fed by the moisture trapped in the ground by the mulch) and eliminated flooding of their back yard. A greywater system is also in place to direct used water from the washing machine into the landscape. Along with drought-tolerant plants and a rain cistern that serves nonpotable functions inside the house, Midori Haus is a great example of a Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape!

Pacific Grove Residence

Pacific Grove

Landscape Designed ByNative Sun Landscape Design

Landscape Maintained ByNative Sun Landscape Design

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Westside Santa Cruz Residential Garden

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByDashiell Dunkell

Landscape Maintained Byhis parents, Andre and Nancy

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Thirty years ago, the front yard consisted of weedy grass and 2 nondescript trees. It has been through many phases, slowly evolving towards more drought-tolerant plants, but still needing regular summer water.
Nancy and Andre finally took the leap and removed the hedge, thirsty shrubs and flowers. They built a fence and contoured the landscape to facilitate the drainage preferred by the natives they planted. They also created a bioswale to accommodate runoff from the rain barrels. Finally, they sprinkled central coast wildflower seeds all around, and are looking forward to next spring!
They anticipate minimal watering next summer, and almost none once the plants are fully established. Their goal was to create a bird, butterfly and bee garden, and to minimize maintenance and water consumption.
Several years ago, they began acquiring rain barrels through the City program, and now have 480 gallon capacity. They also installed a laundry to landscape system for 3 fruit trees in the back yard, along with lots of native plants, so are able to use the rainwater mainly for the vegetable garden and porch containers.

Gagnier Residence

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByDuncan Designs

Landscape Maintained ByHomeowner

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This new construction has a large Monterey Bay Friendly stormwater infiltration system built in. All downspouts from 2000 square feet of roof drain to two large percolation pits (4'x4'x4' each). Any runoff that doesn't infiltrate in the percolation pits is directed to the drycreek which runs through the front planted area. Additionally, a beautiful rain chain drains to the same system.

The Homestead

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByHomeowner

Landscape Maintained ByHomeowner

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The front yard of this property used to be a dog kennel's recreation area with a dirty artificial lawn that was falling apart. Upon purchase of the property, the homeowner's goal was to transform the space into their own personal homestead; somewhere they could relax after a day of hard work with the look and feel of the Live Oak farmhouse that existed on site when the home was constructed in 1947. If they were going to use water for landscaping they preferred to grow edible plants, flowers and shade trees. The artificial lawn was replaced with permeable paving stones and an edible garden with raised beds and fruit trees.

Pacific Grove Residence

Pacific Grove

Landscape Designed ByRamie Allard

Landscape Maintained ByJan Loomis

bluedoorgardendesign.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This very sweet cottage has been beautifully updated inside and out. The driveway was replaced with crushed granite gravel, new drought tolerant landscaping replaced dried out compacted soil beds, 4" of recycled mulch was laid down and all downspouts recharge groundwater by infiltrating into pits or through perforated pipe the length of a native planting bed. Roof water for a 1" rain event will produce approximately 400 gallons of water right back into the landscape. A lovely Lyonothamnus stand create a feathery tall screen between neighbors giving a very woodsy feel for the recently relocated Pacific Northwest owner.

Edible Ecoscapes Garden

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByJoe Coberly, Edible Ecoscapes

Landscape Maintained ByEdible Ecoscapes

edibleecoscapes.com

Salvador Sisters Garden

Watsonville

Landscape Designed ByProperty Owners

Landscape Maintained ByProperty Owners

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The Salvador sisters wanted a landscape for their rental property that would be easy to maintain. They removed turf and installed drought tolerant plants from Sierra Azul Nursery in Watsonville. They also took advantage of Monterey Bay Friendly rebates to incorporate a dry creek bed and rainwater harvesting in their landscape project.

Branciforte Residential Garden

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByLaura Palmer

Landscape Maintained ByProperty Owner

Watsonville Garden

Watsonville

Landscape Designed ByProperty Owner

Landscape Maintained ByProperty Owner

Carmel Easy Living

Carmel

Landscape Designed ByBlue Door Garden Design, Inc.

Landscape Maintained ByRamie Allard

bluedoorgardendesign.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This lovely early California farm house cottage, was flanked in boxwood hedges and cool season turf. It was very green and boring until a Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape retrofit turned it into a low-maintenance, beautiful garden!

Moses-Kerner Residence

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByDakotah Bertsch, Ecological Concerns, Inc

Landscape Maintained ByHomeowners

ecologicalconcerns.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape is set on a coastal bluff across the street from Moore Creek Preserve. The homeowners wanted to restore some of the native coastal sage scrub habitat. They also wanted their new landscape to provide food and shelter for pollinators and harvest rainwater from the roof. Excavated soil from the rain garden was used on planting mounds over turf. ECI also installed retaining boulders, and permeable (decomposed granite) path, sitting area, and rain garden overlook.

Scotts Valley Residence1

Scotts Valley

Landscape Designed ByBrazil Construction

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The goal of this landscape makeover was to remove non-functional turf and create an entertainment area. The property owner took advantage of Scotts Valley Water District's Monterey Bay Friendly Landscaping rebates to replace turf with low water use plants and redirect roof downspouts to landscaped areas. Rainwater from 1,000 square feet of roof that was piped directly to the street is now infiltrating into the sandy hillside soil through gravel lined percolation pits, irrigating plants on its' way to recharging Scotts Valley's groundwater aquifer.

Clark Residence

Capitola

Landscape Designed ByJennifer Colfer, Mike Arnone & Associates

Landscape Maintained ByKurt Christiansen & Fernando Fernandez

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

When the Clarks bought their 1914-era home some years ago, the house was surrounded by extensive water-hungry lawns and other thirsty plants. A driveway of an impermeable material completely encircled the house, taking up much of the potential garden space and spilling rainwater onto the hillside below. After the shock of receiving a one-month bill from the water company of more $600 when the existing drip system malfunctioned, they were determined to transition from all the water-greedy plants to those that needed little to no supplementary water.
Jennifer Clark Colfer, a landscape architect with Arnone & Associates helped them set goals in transforming the space. The homeowners did much of the labor themselves. The lawn was removed and natives and plants from Mediterranean regions were installed in the front garden, creating a space that needed no supplemental water at all. The driveway was removed and replaced with permeable gravel paths and stonework, the soil was improved with compost, while a line of Leyland cypress and other drought-tolerant screening plants provided privacy from the neighbors. A laundry-to-landscape greywater system was installed to convey washing-machine water to the back garden to irrigate fruit trees and other ornamental plants. Under a deck, in consultation with Love’s Gardens, a water-catchment system of linked recycled food-grade barrels was installed that harvests rainwater from the roof, and stores water for irrigating plants in the back garden. A more attractive barrel was placed on the deck to store water for use on the container plants.

Love Residence

SANTA CRUZ

Landscape Maintained ByLove's Gardens

Carmel Valley Manor

Carmel

Landscape Designed ByGordon Dill

Landscape Maintained ByGordon Dill

cvmanor.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This project is evolving. All areas of turf are being converted to low water use plants.
Please visit their website for more photos.
All rooftop runoff is diverted to bioretention swales.

Monarch Cove HOA

Pacific Grove

Landscape Designed ByBetter Gardens

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Monarch Pines HOA is a mobile home park located next to Lovers Point. They began their landscape transformation in 2003 when they removed 95% of their lawn area and replaced it with native plants and drip irrigation. Over the last few years they have continued to upgrade the property to make it more Monterey Bay Friendly. Most recently they removed the turf next to the Club House and installed a artificial lawn including a bocce ball court and a putting green. Better Gardens made corrections to their drip irrigation system that has saved them $800 per month!!! Great work!

Seacliff Garden Apartments

Aptos

Landscape Designed ByDouglas Landscape Design

Landscape Maintained ByMatlock Landscape

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The Seacliff Garden Apartments replaced the original 35+ year-old overgrown landscaping and 6,000 square feet of non-functional turf with beautiful and colorful California native and Mediterranean plants and a 250' dry creek that runs the length of the property.

Blue Bonnet HOA

Scotts Valley

Landscape Designed ByDavid Gates and Associates

Landscape Maintained ByCoastal Evergreen

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This landscape uses only recycled water. Most roof runoff is directed to a catchment area below the parking area where it slowly percolates into the soil.

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The Shoreline/Goodwill Garden supports marginalized people in gaining access to fresh, local, organic produce. The garden features include composting systems, a fog catcher, and a hügelculture display surrounded by native/drought tolerant landscaping.
The garden is a partnership lead by Everyone’s Harvest involving five other nonprofits: 1) Goodwill of the Central Coast culinary job-training program working with individuals with barriers to employment, 2) Hope Services working with adults with developmental disabilities, 3) Marina Tree and Garden Club working with local resident members, 4) Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula Wellness Center working with staff, and 5) Veterans Transition Center working with veterans dealing with mental health issues, physical disabilities, and transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The community foundation leads the area in water conscious landscapes demonstrating the ability to design a beautiful landscape while maintaining values in water conservation. The 3,000 square foot landscape utilizes woodchip mulch, drought tolerant native plants, and drip irrigation. Downspouts drain storm water into permeable gravel to slow runoff and allow the water to sink into the soil.

Plantronics Front Entry Renovation

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByJoni L. Janeki and Associates, Landscape Architects

Landscape Maintained ByGachina Landscape Management

jlja.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Plantronics is an international producer and distributor of communications technology with headquarters located in Santa Cruz, California and is dedicated to the ideas and goals of Global Citizenship. To Plantronics, being a global citizen means working towards building a sustainable workplace that conserves energy, water, and other resources that contribute to a more sustainable community. Plantronics is supporting local businesses like CityBlooms who provides lettuce and specialty greens for the company cafeteria. This microfarm is located on the company property so that the food produced there is eaten minutes after it is harvested, ensuring its freshness for Plantronics employees and cutting emissions that are usually created through food transportation. CityBlooms also uses a computer-controlled hydroponic system that is capable of growing 1000 plants using 75 gallons of water. The system also utilizes recycled water and energy produced by the Plantronics solar system making this collaboration a great way to support local sustainable businesses that contribute to an energy- and water-efficient community. Plantronics is also helping to set a new standard in sustainable landscaping by installing and maintaining a Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape that will inspire others to follow. By using a “smart” irrigation controller that uses current weather data to apply water efficiently, planting drought-tolerant succulents, grasses and shrubs, and installing green infrastructure such as curb-cuts to manage stormwater runoff, Plantronics is saving more than 250,000 gallons of water per year and ensuring that the stormwater that leaves their property is cleaned up before entering our waterways.

Garage Unlimited

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByGreg Lewis and Don Genesy/ Barry Swenson Builders

Landscape Maintained ByAqua Green Landscape Irrigation/ Green Touch Landscape Maintenance

aquagreentouch.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This large commercial site maximizes rainwater infiltration and truly demonstrates the whole suite of ecological landscaping principles. A 33,000 square foot parking lot and all downspouts from a 38,500 square feet of impervious roof are directed into a 1000 square foot drycreek which runs the length of the building and ends in a 1,800 square foot planted bioswale. The plant palette is spectacular and consists of mature, low-water and low-maintenance Mediterranean and California native plant selections.

Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByThomas Scherer

Landscape Maintained ByAqua Green Landscape Irrigation/ Green Touch Landscape Maintenance

aquagreentouch.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Construction of a new wing of this medical facility triggered a total landscape redo. New design featured removal of 3,100 square feet of non-functional turf and replacement with beautiful, low-water plants. Additionally, all downspouts are directed into a 160 square foot bioswale featured in the front of the building.

Monarch Services

Watsonville

Landscape Maintained ByDeva Gardens

devagardens.com

Monterey Peninsula Water Management District

Monterey

Landscape Designed ByStevie Kister, Michael Boles

Landscape Maintained ByInca Landscaping

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The original landscape in front of the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District office was drought tolerant, but had many large shrubs that had to be sheared because were planted to close to sidewalks and walkways. These shrubs were replaced with more appropriate plants that naturally fit into the narrow sidewalk planters to reduce green waste and landscape maintenance. Our new Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape showcases the landscape practices for which the District provides rebate incentives for, such as rainwater harvesting, turf replacement with climate-appropriate plants, and weather-based irrigation controllers.

Live Oak Grange

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByMichael Johnson, California H20rticulture Services

Landscape Maintained ByInstalled by Grange Member Volunteers

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange is a community center and hub for advocacy and activism on behalf of family farms, organic agriculture, and local resilience. Most of the Grange garden is dedicated to a community garden and demonstration orchard with over 20 heirloom fruit trees. In 2014, the Grange installed the first rainwater collection system for toilet flushing on a commercial building in Santa Cruz County. The installation of the 1320 gallon cistern gave the Grange the opportunity to re-landscape the front of the property with fast growing California native shrubs like Flannel Bush and Ceanothus that shade the cistern, and a rain garden to infiltrate overflow from the cistern into the landscape. The Grange also has a smaller rainwater harvesting collection system made from recycled barrels that provides water for chickens.

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Sentinel Building

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByMichael Arnone & Associates Landscape Architecture

Landscape Maintained ByK & D Landscaping

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The former Sentinel newspaper office in downtown Santa Cruz was remodeled and re-landscaped by co-owners Ecology Action and Cruzio. The renovation earned a LEED Gold certification, that is the second highest certification in the program established by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Among the green features are expansive glass doors and windows and 42 skylights providing natural light, energy efficient lighting, a rooftop solar system that provides hot water and about half the electricity, restrooms with waterless urinals, dual-flush toilers and low-flow faucets, a charging station for seven electric vehicles, on-site composing and a rainwater harvesting system to irrigate landscaping. The established California Native and Drought tolerant Landscape uses 90% less water than conventional landscaping, and survived the 2014 drought year with no irrigation at all.

County of Santa Cruz Public Health Building

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByNicole Douglass Landscape Design

Landscape Maintained ByCounty of Santa Cruz Parks Department

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

With the help of volunteers from a lose your lawn workshop on April 15th, the Emeline park was transformed into a low maintenance water efficient landscape. Volunteers sheet mulched the 3,100ft2 park to increase soil organic matter. The west side of the landscape has a curb cut to allow water to flow from the sidewalk into the landscape and infiltrate back into the soil. In addition, drip irrigation was set by Ecology Action and the Santa Cruz Park department to reduce water use.

Santa Cruz City Hall Public Works Courtyard

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByMia Duquet, City of Santa Cruz Parks Department

Landscape Maintained ByCIty of Santa Cruz Parks Department

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

On May 21, 2016, Ecology Action, Patagonia and the Water Conservation Coalition of Santa Cruz County sponsored a Lose-Your Lawn Workshop. This free community workshop resulted in the replacement of 1,200 ft2 of lawn at Santa Cruz City Hall with a beautiful Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape. This landscape will inspire the public and visitors to City Hall to harvest the rain and renovate their thirsty landscapes with low-water use plant selections. The lawn was rennovated with the sheet mulching method, which conserves carbon and soil organic matter by eliminating trips to the landfill.

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Pacific Grove

Landscape Designed ByOona Johnsen Landscape Architecture

Landscape Maintained ByAES Landscaping

oonajohnsenlandscapearchitecture.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

As part of the RainScape Rebate Program, a front corner planter area at the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum was redesigned to incorporate a demonstration of low impact development landscapes. There was an opportunity to tell a story about how a raindrop travels from the sky, on the museum rooftop, through the landscape, into underground stormwater pipes, and eventually to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Museum roof downspouts were disconnected routed to a flow-through planter and rain garden. The flow-through planter accepts water from the downspout which then slows and cleans the water with a combination of bio-retention soil mix and plant root systems. When the water level reaches capacity in the planter, it flows into a created rain garden. The rain garden is a depressed and planted landscape feature, which accepts roof rainwater from the adjacent flow-through planter. Overflow will be routed to an adjacent storm drain.
With the help of adding organic compost amendment to the rain garden and mulch later, more stormwater is retained. In addition, only California Coastal plants were planted which are beneficial for habitat and pollinating species.

Garfield Park Library

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByThe Landscape Company

thelandscapecompany.com

Watsonville Fire Station #2

Watsonville

Landscape Designed ByNicole Douglas

Landscape Maintained ByOwner

douglaslandscapedesign.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The California Conservation Corps teamed with the City of Watsonville to transform the old, neglected, sprinkler irrigated landscape into a beautiful, drought-tolerant demonstration garden.

Monterey Presidio Chapel

Seaside

Landscape Designed ByU.S. Army Corps of Engineers & Ecological Concerns, Inc.

Landscape Maintained ByEcological Concerns, Inc.

ecologicalconcerns.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This chapel, as part of the Monterey Presidio, features a landscape with drought tolerant native California plants and recycled wood mulch. The passive drip irrigation system reduces overall water consumption and utilizes reclaimed water as it's primary water source. The downspouts for the roof drain into rock bioretention areas that surround the building.

D.O.D Passive Irrigation Project

Seaside

Landscape Designed ByU.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Landscape Maintained ByEcological Concerns, Inc.

ecologicalconcerns.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers designed a passive irrigation system for their Federal Building in Seaside. It features a lawn area in the middle of a hill that drains to outfalls of areas surrounding the lawn. This xeriscape project also features plants native to California, and the mulch is made from recycled wood. Irrigation is supplied by a drip system that uses reclaimed water.

Heart of Soquel Park

Soquel

Landscape Designed BySSA Landscape Architects, Inc.

Landscape Maintained ByCounty of Santa Cruz Department of Parks Open Space & Cultural Services

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The Heart of Soquel Plaza Park is located along Soquel Creek, with a significant portion of the project site within a designated riparian corridor. The project was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how passive recreation, and sustainable design principles are not mutually exclusive in a public open space. The project implemented rain gardens, pervious concrete, permeable pavers, and impervious areas that drain directly to the landscape. The plant palette was comprised of (mostly) native low to very low water use plants, as defined by the California Water Use Classification of Landscape Species (WUCOLS) and divided into the following areas: rain gardens, ornamentals and riparian restoration. Some showcase species include: Verbena bonariensis, Zauschneria californica, Festuca californica, and Ribes singuineum.

Cabrillo College Horticulture Building

Aptos

Landscape Designed ByCabrillo College Horticulture Department

Landscape Maintained ByCabrillo College Horticulture Department

cabrillo.edu

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This landscape surrounds the Cabrillo College Horticulture building’s classrooms and community room. It is on the top of a hill looking over the Monterey Bay and the Cabrillo College campus. The landscape was installed in 2005 but is continually being developed as a demonstration landscape and offers space for students to learn about sustainable landscape design as part of the horticulture department at Cabrillo College. This garden features California native plants, three 4,995 gallon rain water tanks, a student-built cob bench, permeable pathways and drip irrigation.

Santa Cruz Regional 911 Call Center

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByDuncan Designs

Landscape Maintained ByCoastal Evergreen Company

coastalevergreen.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Before the 911 Call Center decided to transform the landscape surrounding the building, large hedges dominated the area, closing in the parking lot and adding little to the building's appearance. However, the landscape that now surrounds the call center features a rain garden, a variety of beautiful drought-tolerant plants, and a more open and inviting design. When the landscape was transitioning, Cabrillo students participating in a horticulture class used the site to learn how to design landscapes. The class created designs for the front entrance landscape, the area at the back of the building, and the employee entrance area by the parking lot. The call center then called in a professional landscape designer, Maggie Duncan, who incorporated parts of the Cabrillo students’ designs into the final designs for these three areas. One feature inspired by the class designs is the dry creek bed rain garden that runs through the landscaping by the front entrance. The landscape that now surrounds the call center helps to slow, spread, and sink rain water during storms and provides a beautiful alternative to large, maintenance-intensive hedges.

Soquel Creek Water District

Soquel

Landscape Designed ByMichael Arnone and Associates and installed by Prime Landscape Services Inc.

Landscape Maintained BySoquel Creek Water District

arnonelandscape.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Soquel Creek Water District strives to practice what we preach, to encourage our community to conserve water in the landscape. Over the past years we have used our own landscaped area around our District headquarters as a showcase and training ground for low-water use landscaping when possible. Through a partnership with the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County, a California State Water Resource Control Board grant was awarded to help fund the re-landscaping of the headquarters building to demonstrate Low Impact Development techniques especially with regards to reducing run-off from landscapes and conserving water. The site features a 2,825 gallon rain harvesting tank, a rain garden, and an infiltration basin that diverts the rain gutter drain into a permeable rock layer with underground crates to allow the water to seep into the ground instead of running off into the storm drains.

Santa Cruz City Hall Solar One Project

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByMia Duquet - City of Santa Cruz Parks Department

Landscape Maintained ByCity of Santa Cruz Parks - Central Zone

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

In May 2011, the Santa Cruz City Council directed staff to develop a large scale solar project on municipal parking lots. Staff defined the project scope and created a financial agreement with Barry Swenson Builders. After a year of planning, two solar parking canopies (termed the Solar One project) were constructed at the Santa Cruz Police Station and City Hall
parking lots. The 386kW solar parking canopy was financed using a modified Power Purchase Agreement that required no upfront costs to the City and provides a savings to the General Fund (lower than if power were purchased from the utility).
The Solar One project provides shading for staff vehicles and reduces the heat island effect of the existing parking lot. During construction, bioswales were added to the parking lot area to filter and detain stormwater run-off from the parking lot before it enters the stormdrain system and flows to the San Lorenzo River.

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByMichael Arnone and Associates and Barbara Olsen

Landscape Maintained ByCalifornia Landscape Contractors Association, Central Coast Chapter Volunteers

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This beautiful landscape was originally designed by Michael Arnone & Associates, and installed circa 2008. It features LID (Low-Impact Development) design techniques such as dry creek beds that retain rain water from the roof, bioswales to filter water from the parking lot, and a diverse selection of drought- tolerant plants. Due to budget cutbacks over the years, landscape maintenance was dropped and this landscape was left in nature's hands, without irrigation, therefore only the hardiest plants survived.
The landscape came to the attention of the Central Coast Chapter of the CLCA who adopted it as their community service project for 2015. Shelter staff and volunteers requested a renovation to mulch, replace dead plants, create an attractive entry and add trees to the parking lot to provide shade and reduce heat for patrons and their animals. Through generous donations of time, labor and materials by local businesses this Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape is once again an attractive part of the neighborhood.

UC Cooperative Extension, Salinas

Salinas,

Landscape Maintained ByK & D Landscaping

Pacific Grove Community Center

Pacific Grove

Landscape Designed ByOona Johnsen Landscape Architecture

Landscape Maintained ByNative Sun Landscape, Tim Bailey

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The Pacific Grove Community Center is located within a watershed where stormwater flows to an Area of Biological Significance (ASBS). The Pacific Grove ASBS skirts approximately three miles of Monterey County’s coast near the City of Pacific Grove and Monterey Bay. With close to 500 ocean acres, this ASBS features a rich variety of marine life from the sea floor to the surface. Stony sea corals, giant green anemones and orange puffball sponges pepper the sea floor, as black perch and striped sea perch swim above. The State Water Board has determined that the Pacific Grove ASBS is contaminated with many pollutants found in stormwater run-off from city surfaces such as rooftops, streetscapes, parking lots, sidewalks, and medians.
The Pacific Grove Community Center is a resource and gathering place for many residents. It provides the perfect opportunity to showcase examples of Low Impact Development (LID) techniques that filter polluted stormwater from city surfaces. A selected downspout has been diverted/re-routed to the front entry landscape in a rain garden. When it rains, the water enters the landscape and slows the water down, filtering it by movement through the soils and plant roots. Not only does this help clean the rainwater, but adds an aesthetic landscape feature to the property. Mainly native plants are used and all plants are drought-tolerant.

Scotts Valley Water District

Scotts Valley

Landscape Designed ByNikos Lynch

Landscape Maintained ByTerra Bella Landscaping

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The Scotts Valley Water District has an excellent demonstration garden that features California native plants from plant communities found in the Santa Cruz mountains. To meet Monterey Bay Friendly Landscaping standards, shrubs and trees in parking medians had to be pruned to restore them to their natural form. There is a rain barrel on site and all landscape is irrigated with recycled water from the City of Scotts Valley.

MEEarth

Carmel

Landscape Designed ByCarmel-By-The-Sea Garden Club

Landscape Maintained ByMeEarth, Carmel Unified School District Maintenance Division

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

MEarth is an environmental education nonprofit with roots in Carmel Valley, California, that is growing the next generation of environmental leaders through education, collaboration, partnerships and community action. MEarth began by providing instruction to students in the Carmel Unified School District (CUSD) at the Hilton Bialek Habitat. We continue to serve CUSD students throughout the year through our six-week “Ecoliteracy” curriculum for all sixth-grade students of Carmel Middle School, and customized culinary and science-based programming for the school’s World Language, Science, History, and English-Language Arts classes. Each year, approximately 1,500 CUSD students come to The Habitat for sustainability education, and 5,000 members of the public visit annually.
Learn more at http://mearthcarmel.org/

UC Cooperative Extension

Watsonville

Landscape Designed ByMonterey Bay Master Gardeners

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The UC cooperative extension building in Watsonville is an older building that had overgrown and high water use shrubs, an outdated irrigation system, and irrigation runoff to sidewalks and pavement areas. The Monterey Bay Friendly Landscaping certification process began with removal of large inappropriate shrubs that were overhanging walkways. New, appropriately sized, drought resistant plants were then planted in the landscaped areas and borders were created to retain mulch. once plants were in, a drip irrigation system was installed and the area was covered with 2-4 inches of locally sourced mulch from a local tree trimmer. The existing irrigation controller was replaced with a Rain Bird ESP smart controller with exterior rain and temperature sensors. Programming of the controller was specific to location, soil conditions, plant type, and irrigation setup. Lastly, a rain catchment feature was created that captures rain runoff from the 600 square feet of roof and diverts it through a dry creek bed and basin so the runoff remains on site rather than flowing to the stormwater system and Corralitos Creek. The basin was planted with water tolerant sedges to slow the water flow and prevent erosion.

Sanctuary Exploration Center

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByThomas Hacher Architects

Landscape Maintained ByTerra Nova Ecological Landscaping

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Exploration Center is located in Santa Cruz across from the Municipal Wharf. All stormwater runoff from the building is directed into the landscape via rock-lined swales. A 4,800 gallon cistern captures rainwater to irrigate California native landscaping. When rainwater is depleted during the summer months, aquarium water (from freshwater tanks) is siphoned into the cistern to supplement irrigation.

Marina Coast Water District

Marina

Landscape Designed ByPaul Lord - Marina Coast Water District

Landscape Maintained ByMarina Coast Water District operations and Maintenance staff

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The Marina Coast Water District’s Water-wise Landscape Demonstration Garden was created from an old abandoned lot into a vibrant public space that motivates community members to practice and learn more about water-wise garden design principles and practices. The Landscape Demonstration Garden is located in front of the Marina Coast Water District offices at 2840 4th Ave in Marina. The site is just south of Imjin Parkway in the former Fort Ord. Guests are asked to visit the garden during business hours, 8am -5pm on Monday -Thursday.

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The Natural Bridges High School was outfitted with two 4,000 gallon storm water cisterns. WIth the help of Ecology Action and the IDEASS program at University of California Santa Cruz stormwater will now be harvested and irrigate an apple orchard within the garden. Overflow from the cisterns will drain into permeable gravel which will help water infiltrate into the soil.

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The UCSC Biomedical building was completed in 2012 and LEED Gold certified in 2013. In keeping with the University’s Long-Range Development Plan (LRDP) which prioritizes sustainability, the landscaping surrounding the building was designed to minimize water use and manage stormwater runoff to protect water quality and prevent erosion. In 2014, Santa Cruz was asked to reduce its water use by 25%. This included UCSC, who met that goal and focused many of their conservation efforts on irrigation. To minimize water needs and to remain compatible with the surrounding native plant community (as laid out in the 2004-2020 LRDP), the landscaping around the Biomedical building features mainly native and drought-resistant plants. All of the run-off from the spray irrigation leads to either a vegetated area downslope of the building or drains that slowly release water into the natural drainage system of the campus. In this UCSC landscape, the trees create plenty of leaf litter for mulch so that no additional mulch needs to be added.The irrigation for this landscape is controlled by an Oasis Control Station which includes features like satellite controllers, evolution flow and weather sensing devices, as well as a personal computer operating system for Windows XP. The system can be remotely controlled from the central computer or accessed from a smart phone. It also provides automatic and timely notifications of system malfunctions.

Tierra Pacifica Charter School

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByJennifer Colfer and Jody Garsia, Landscape Architects

Landscape Maintained BySchool parent volunteers

tierrapacifica.org

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This courtyard area is a place for students, families and staff to gather. It is also a place to demonstrate Monterey Bay friendly landscaping principles to the next generation of land and water stewards. A large bioswale that runs along the perimeter of the courtyard exemplifies the "slow it, sink it, spread it" approach to controlling storm water run off on site. Permeable pavers in the courtyard also allow water return to the soil. Rainwater cisterns gather supplemental water for edible plantings such as persimmon and apple trees. Tile mosaics created by students on the face of raised planters depict the salmon life cycle in the local watershed, creating a connection to the larger environment that surrounds us. Drip irrigation, and a native and water wise plant palette reduce overall water consumption.

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Salinas

Landscape Designed ByDinah Irino, Floravista

Landscape Maintained BySalinas Valley Landscape

Chartwell

Seaside

Landscape Designed ByGLS Landscape, San Francisco

Landscape Maintained ByMaintained by Onsite Staff

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Chartwell is the first LEED platinum school built in the United States. Chartwell receives visitors interested in both green design and education from all over the world. We welcome guests, and ask that anyone interested in touring Chartwell please call 831.394.3468 to set up a tour date and time.
Visitors, staff and students at Chartwell enjoy day-lit classrooms with carefully planned window systems that reduce the need for electricity by 50% (Studies show day-lighting alone can contribute to increases in the rate at which students learn reading and math of 20% or more.), a roof that reduces heat and catches rainwater for toilet flushing, microfans and air quality sensors in classrooms that take advantage of naturally occurring convection currents (this eliminates the ambient noise of other ventilation ducting systems), and an athletic field with infrastructure for recycled irrigation water. By simply moving through the thoughtfully designed series of courtyards, trails, recreation and gathering places, students, faculty, families and visiting community members will know a sense of place that causes us to belong, to take ownership and to care.

Salinas

Landscape Designed ByDinah Irino, FloraVista

Landscape Maintained BySalinas Valley Landscape

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bioswale

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Sacred Heart school added new classrooms to their existing campus. Bioswales were incorporated into the landscape plan to capture all the rainwater runoff from the roof.

Inner Light Ministries Children’s Garden

Soquel

Landscape Designed ByLove's Gardens

Landscape Maintained ByLoves Gardens and family volunteers

lovesgardens.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Inspired by the drought, The Inner Light Ministries Church began to redesign the children’s garden to be a water neutral garden in 2013. This 4500 square foot garden features a sustainable lawn of native coastal bent grass (Agrostis pallens) for a play area that is shaped as an infiltration basin. It receives sub surface drip from the 3000 gallon rain tank and only needs to be watered once a month. Love’s Gardens, a landscape company focused on environmental sustainability, volunteers to maintain the children’s playground with family volunteers. Golden Love calculated the amount of rainwater that could be collected from the 1600 square foot section of roof and acquired a 3000 gallon rain tank to water the new lawn, the children’s veggie garden, and the fruiting vines and trees. The garden redesign qualified for Soquel Creek Water District conservation rebates and local companies gave discounts on supplies to make the project affordable. By the conclusion of the project, Inner Light will have received over $2000 in rebates to offset much of the cost of the garden project.
The garden was envisioned, coordinated and designed by Orsolya Salzberg, Reverend Beth Love and Golden Love among many other visionaries and volunteers. The children at the church also helped make it happen from digging, planting, mulching and moving the rain tank into place. This is truly a community garden that uses very little municipal water.

Vintage Faith Church

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByTina Grubbe and Shauna Scott

Landscape Maintained ByTina Grubbe, Shauna Scott, and the Vintage Faith Community

vintagechurch.org

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

During the spring of 2015, Vintage Faith began altering the landscape in front of the church to better fit in with the goals they set. These goals included the creation of a low-water landscape that is eye-catching and beautiful. The landscape originally featured fruit trees like pear and apple, but these turned out to be inappropriate for the landscape. These trees were donated to Mesa Verde Gardens, who helps create organic community gardens to promote food security with families in Pajaro Valley. In order to transform the landscape, Vintage Faith removed the invasives that were taking over the space and propagated the existing natives to create a drought-tolerant and native plant pallet. The initial mulch was donated by a congregation member, and with the help of the community the landscape outside Vintage Faith is now well-mulched, drought-tolerant, and beautiful. The church has experienced a decrease in (or complete disappearance of) weeds due to heavy mulching, and trash too, due to a new respect the community has for the amazing amount of volunteer work and thought put into making this landscape Monterey Bay Friendly.