hands-on training and advocacy program, providing valuable information on how landscapes and hardscapes can be modified to prevent water pollution.
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Magazine.
- Conservation of water, energy and wildlife habitat through native and climate-appropriate plants.
- Permeability fostered by using materials that allow water to slow and sink into healthy, living soil.
- Retention of rainwater for reuse and groundwater recharge, preventing polluted runoff.
What better way to learn about Surfriders Ocean Friendly Gardens program than by getting your hands dirty in our Hands-On-Workshops (HOWs)! These workshops provide an opportunity for the public to learn about:
- Site evaluation
- Designing a garden for rainwater capture
- Turf removal
- Sheet mulching and soil remediation
- Planting a California native, climate appropriate garden which will provide habitat for birds, insects and pollinators and put water back in our watershed!
This brochure provides a brief rundown on runoff and the OFG program.
Are you a DIY-er? G3 Green Gardens Group developed this great guide to help.
Would you rather hire a professional? Selva International is our collaborator and they have fantastic ecological expertise. Check out their EcoGardens here!
Rain barrels are a great way to take advantage of the first flush of rain. Surfrider Foundation has partnered with The Ecology Center. Check out this short 7-page resource guide about rain barrels here.
Ready to plant? The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation, propagation and promotion of California natives. They offer educational programming and also have a retail nursery.
Want to scope out some other Ocean Friendly Gardens in your neighborhood, here's a map to point you in the right direction.
To learn more about Surfrider Foundations national Ocean Friendly Gardens Program visit Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Gardens site.
Want to understand urban runoff? Watch The Cycle of Insanity, a 20 minute animated film about the urban water cycle: