About RSD

Providing landscape designs, education, ideas and ways to save and reuse water in your landscape.  Priorities include:

  • collecting rainwater and greywater;
  • building healthy soil that retains water; and 
  • plant materials that conserve water, provide habitat for wildlife.

Also known as a “watershed approach” to landscaping, this method considers rainwater as a resource with multiple benefits:

  • building soil that holds onto water;
  • using climate adapted plants and eliminating pesticides and chemical fertilizers; 
  • capturing water to reduce, reuse and recycle water into the landscape; and
  • reducing potable water demands. 

This view of water conservation reduces consumption, pollution, greenhouse gases and energy use to restore a sustainable and life-supporting environment.  Below pictures show project history:

Education and Training 

    • EPA Water Sense Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor by G3-Green Gardens Group
    • Greywater Installer’s Certification with Laura Allen at Eco-Village in Los Angeles July 2015
    • Environmental Horticulture – Associates Degree from Santa Barbara Community College, with a focus on sustainable landscape design/construction projects 
    • Greywater Hands on Workshops with Art Ludwig in Santa Barbara October 17 and November 21, 2014
    • Green Gardener Certificate from the County of Santa Barbara Green Gardener Program
    • Watershed Management Group Apprenticeship Training August 15 – 24, 2012 in Santa Barbara (Grey water and Rain Water Harvesting)  
    • ARCSA Accredited Professional class July 10 – 11, 2014 in Santa Barbara
    • Applied Watershed Restoration Techniques and Introduction to Keyline Design– Quail Springs (Fall 2012 )
    • Permaculture Designs course with Warren Brush at Quail Springs
    • G3-Green Gardens Group Certified Trainer
    • Past Board member of Ventura Ocean Friendly Gardens

Above, video of Ojai rain garden in action

Rain For Climate Part 2: Reversing Sea Level Rise and Global Climate Cooling from Raleigh Latham on Vimeo.

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