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Marina Residence

Marina

Landscape Designed ByMystere Sapia

Landscape Maintained ByMystere Sapia

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The Sapias have worked to transform the landscape into their vision of a Marina CA paradise. The front garden includes hardy California native, drought-tolerant, plants: variety of Ceanothus, Manzanita, Salvia, and Coastal Oak. Aristida purpurea (Purple threeawn native grass), Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) and CA Poppy (CA State flower!) are tended in the sidewalk planting strip. Non-native plants are also used but must be drought and wind tolerant and thrive in Marina sands. They were initially planted for their flower and leaf colors and quick growth for privacy screening: Echium (Pride of Madeira); Leucospermum (Pin Cushion) and hop plants (Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea'). The non-natives will be replaced as the slower growing CA natives mature, and the yard becomes anchored by full grown Coastal Oaks.
Proceeding to the back yard, one finds the perfect, shaded patio for entertaining, which Chef Sapia loves to do. The sunny, warm backyard supports four vegetable plots, multiple fruit trees, a couple of compost bins and a worm bin. This garden provides year round “groceries” for family and friends. While the garden plots are water intensive, the remaining landscape plants were chosen for their drought and wind tolerance. Mystère continues to work with CA native and non-native plants to understand what works best in the Marina soils, as well as shade, part-shade and full sun areas. The space and plants must also work with, and survive, their very active dogs. As a commitment to the health of their dogs, and the environment, the Sapias do not use synthetic or petroleum-based products on the landscape or garden.

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

A relatively new home to this very active family. The homeowner has been very excited to bring her new hillside garden up to the standards of being a Monterey Bay Friendly Garden. The family takes care of the 1/3 acre of property on their own with little help from a gardener. Teaching the children the importance of sustainable landscape practices has been a motivating factor in the all-hand-on-deck approach to maintenance here.

Blair Street Residence

Felton

Landscape Designed ByGolden Love

Landscape Maintained ByKendra King

lovesgardens.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This project was supported by the Resource Conservation District to protect the San Lorenzo River Watershed by reducing water flow down a slope and across a road into the creek. Instead, 2 rain water tanks harvested water from all the downspouts saving for use in the dry season with overflow going into rain gardens on both sides of the front yard that watered native grasses, wildflowers and native blackberries. Gravity is used to supply water to a drip system around her front patio that was broken up and made into a pervious surface. The other tank is powered by solar panels.

Hillside Drive Residence

Felton

Landscape Designed ByDebbie Jennings

Landscape Maintained ByDebbie Jennings

lovesgardens.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Debbie loves her 5K gallon tank that meets all her watering needs with 3 faucets. The tank is tucked in the back part of her garden and has a beautiful arch way with plants growing over it to create mystery. What is on the other side?

Los Gatos Residence

Los Gatos

Landscape Designed Byowner

Landscape Maintained Byowner

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Karina and Thom have been lovingly tending their mountain acreage over the past 25 years. They initially cleared all of the Poison Oak and Scotch Broom by hand from the lot after building their home. They have replaced the original 1,200 square foot lawn area with a lovely mixture of native and drought tolerant plants. Other areas are raised beds for vegetable, succulent beds and beautiful hillside plantings of native and low-water use plants. The entire garden area surrounding the home has been heavily mulched with natural wood chip mulch. The patio is flag stone pavers with granite in between to allow for drainage. The runoff water from the patio is collected into drains and sent to a large swale for collection on a flat area downslope of the home. All areas are set up on manual drip irrigation system. It's a beautiful Monterey Bay-Friendly Landscape!

Soquel Residential Garden

Soquel, CA, 95073

Landscape Designed ByKen Foster

Landscape Maintained ByCherry Maurer

terranovalandscaping.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Old lawn was sheet mulched, covered with 4 inches of Mahogany Wonder Mulch. A dry creek flows diagonally across the yard. both shade and sun loving drought tolerant plants have been planted, drip irrigation goes to all plants.

Bettie’s Garden

Aptos

Landscape Designed ByBettie

Landscape Maintained ByBettie

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Bettie's lovely gardens are filled with raised vegetable beds, a wonderful succulent bed and low water usage plants, bulbs and a producing apple tree. The patio has been extended using bricks with sand to allow water to drain through. There are large and small pots holding a variety of plants including a fragrant lemon tree. Two downspouts from the roof are diverting rain water into rock lined swales and a rock dry creek bed running along the front of the yard with the rain water saturating an area for the newts and salamanders. Water from the sloping driveway has been diverted to a planting bed in the backyard. Bettie has done a great job of slowing and sinking the water and usage of low water plantings.

Residential Garden

Ben Lomond, CA. 95005

Landscape Designed ByKen Foster - Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping

Landscape Maintained ByOwner

terranovalandscaping.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

This back yard is on a south facing slope with five large oak trees. Access pathways and stairs are made with urbanite, (reused Concrete), with base rock as a foundation topped off with decomposed granite. The down spouts are directed into a rain garden flowing gracefully across the yard. Mostly drought tolerant California natives are planted along the slope. There is a river pebble patio with an urbanite retaining wall on the upward side. There are two 8 foot by 4 foot raised beds also made with urbanite. There is a home orchard with a dozen apples, persimmons and figs. The pathways, the raised beds and all the plantings are gopher wire protected and all plantings are on drip irrigation with a weather based smart timer. Last but not least at the bottom of the property there is a Hugelkultur bed.
(Hügelkultur is a horticultural technique where a mound constructed from decaying wood debris and other compostable biomass plant materials is later planted as a raised bed.) The whole landscape is sheet mulched with cardboard and Mahogany Wonder Mulch.

Sonia’s Dream Garden

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByLove's Gardens--grey and rain water harvesting

Landscape Maintained ByLove's Gardens--greywater

lovesgardens.com

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Vegetables in raised beds and vines/herbs are watered from a washing machine. Chickens weed the where the lawn used to be. Sonia and Tony love their garden, the joy it brings to them is immense.

214 Vista Bella Dr.

Santa Cruz

Landscape Designed ByKarren Cozza

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

In 2016 Karen started the process of converting her turf landscape into a drought-tolerant garden. During the winter, she killed the grass by physically blocking sunlight and water. After removing the turf, she planted California native and Mediterranean plants and trenched her drip irrigation lines. She then covered the landscape with 5 inches of mulch. Over time some trees have been removed to reduce crowding. In 2017, the garden took off with the winter rain.

Karen also has used integrated pest management to resolve pest problems as her garden established. In 2017, thrips attacked her rhododendrons which nearly killed her lower garden. By spreading diatomaceous earth around the root systems of her plants and spraying the infected leaves with neem oil, she saved her rhododendrons. Karen's garden is situated in a shaded redwood forest which is prone to mildew and deer damage. By watering in the morning and selecting plants that are not an ideal food for deer, her garden thrives in its' redwood understory microclimate.

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The Santa Cruz High School Garden allows students to experience land stewardship in a shared community site. With the help of Global Student Embassy, students participate in learning ecological landscaping skills while contributing to improving the school's curb appeal. The students have used mulch as a weed suppressant which also increases carbon within the landscape. Increasing the organic matter within the soil helps to improve the soils moisture capacity. Also, the mulch reduces the amount of soil moisture loss from evaporation.
With the help of a workshop facilitated by Global Student Embassy and Ecology Action, the students learned irrigation design and implemented a drip irrigation system for their garden. By using drip irrigation water is used more efficiently. The slow release of water over time allows plants to take up more water than the same quantity over a shorter period. Drip irrigation also water loss from evaporation. The school also received a donation from watermark for five fifty-gallon rain barrels. The garden harvests stormwater and repurposes the water to irrigate the garden during the summer and fall.

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

The Natural History Museum is located near Seabright Beach in Santa Cruz. From dog walkers to students at the nearby schools the Natural History Museum offers something for everyone. Centered around education and land stewardship the museum works to plant drought-tolerant flowering natives which provide an aesthetic appeal and serve ecology functions like protecting our local watershed and attracting beneficial pollinators. Perennials like Vert’s California fuchsia which thrive in costal climates brighten up the landscape while helping to create a functional ecosystem. The 5,000 square foot landscape around the building is watered with drip irrigation and harvests water using rain barrels. This area also has a bioswale to allow roof water to infiltrate into the ground before flowing into Pilkington Creek, where the museum has worked to restore the natural habitat. The creek serves as a visual example of what a natural California creek may have looked like before European exposure. The garden offers visitors the opportunity to see native drought tolerant insectary plants as well as different culturally significant plants such as willow and tulle. With the help of the Earth Steward program, local students have been able to learn valuable skills of landscape management while being exposed to the ecological landscaping skills like sheet mulching and protecting native species. The garden allows for an educational experience for all age levels allowing the museum to offer tours ranging from watershed protection to wildlife exposure, all the while helping to make Santa Cruz more drought resilient.

Stratton Residence

Marina

Landscape Designed ByKarin and Scott Stratton

Landscape Maintained ByKarin and Scott Stratton

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

Karin and Scott Stratton

What are new home owners to do with a yard full of sand for soil?
Karin and Scott Stratton didn’t want to fight Mother Nature and instead chose to work alongside her by replacing their flat, boring, water-intensive front lawn with a dynamic landscape of California native plants. Why? Water conservation, habitat restoration, wildlife refuge and the downright beauty of CA natives-which Karin had learned about in a Green Gardener Certification class at the Monterey Adult School.

Their inspiration? Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sandy Sea Shore & Aviary exhibit where the ocean tides meet the sand. A walk through the Aquarium’s aviary not only showcases the diverse coastal birds of our region, it also highlights the amazing plants that survive and thrive in a sand rich environment. With the installation of a drip irrigation system in their yard, the Strattons were pleasantly surprised to see that it really didn’t take long for the plants to become established.
A side bonus, wildlife is naturally attracted to the Stratton’s native landscape and they very much enjoy seeing birds, butterflies and bees make themselves at home. In fact, thanks to several bird baths in the yard, protected areas for nest building and young rearing as well as sustainable garden practices, their yard has been assessed as a Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape as well as a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat® (see both plaques in their yard).

Their favorite native? That would be the ceanothus, or California lilac, of which you will see several different species of ground cover, bush and tree forms showcased in their yard. Karin loves the periwinkle color of the blooms which are usually in full force during her early March birthday. When not in bloom, you can see the same color adorning the Stratton’s front door.

In addition, the Stratton’s are also avid composters and reap the benefits of both their worm ranch and spinning composter. Scott and Karin now have a deep appreciation for a native landscape and hope that others will be inspired to lose their lawns and go native!

El Dorado Park

Salinas

Landscape Designed ByFall Creek Engineering; Joni L. Janecki and Associates

Landscape Maintained ByCity of Salinas

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

El Dorado Park was originally designed with a two concrete lined ponds, connected with a concrete-lined stream. In 2014, this once beautiful and water-intensive infrastructure was in disrepair and was a community eyesore that collected irrigation run-off and mosquitoes. With Prop 84 funding from the State Water Resources Control Board, Ecology Action developed a vision with Fall Creek Engineering and the City of Salinas to convert these concrete ponds into permeable bioretetion areas. Stormwater run-off from El Dorado St and the Park's parking lot are now diverted into beautiful bioretention areas planted with native plants. This project now infiltrates 1.53-acre feet of stormwater into the Salinas aquifer and won the 2018 APWA Public Works project of the year award.

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

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Story

It all started in 1996 when the Dominican Hospital of Dignity Health created their Landscape program to create gardens throughout the hospital to allow patients and visiting family and friends a space to reconnect with nature. One garden is the “Meditation Garden,” installed in 2000, that encourages people to step into the outdoors and relax, soon to be converted into an outdoor rehabilitation space. Sister Mary Ellen, along with the Dominican staff wanted to use ecology to represent the relationships that the hospital was practicing through food, health and recycling. In 1997, Dignity Health created the program Practice Green Health, a networking system to help each organization improve its environmental performance. Throughout the years, Dominican Hospital has converted 40% of the landscape into drip irrigation across the 12 acres of landscape and converted 5 grass lawns into Native landscaping only keeping the one lawn near the main entrance. This past year (2015), Dominican Hospital saved 57% of their landscaping water usage compared to previous years while generating 2-to-3 thousand pounds of fresh produce to use in the hospital kitchens that is grown on-site in the food garden. Dominican Hospital is implementing many landscape water conservation practices while providing a healthy habitat for the patient's, family and friends creating an atmosphere to heal.

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

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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

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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.

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