Providing water saving solutions and landscape designs to save and reuse water in your landscape. Priorities include:
- collecting rainwater and greywater reuse
- building healthy soil that retains water and reduces runoff
- plant materials that have adapted to our climate and conserve water, while also providing habitat for wildlife.
This is also known as a “watershed approach” to landscaping, a method of gardening that benefits our ecosystem as a whole. It involves capturing rainwater, incorporating gray water, natural composting, and eliminating pesticides and chemical fertilizers. This total view of conservation reduces water consumption, pollution, greenhouse gases and energy use to restore a sustainable and life-supporting environment.
Along with landscape design work, I provide education and outreach to promote rainwater harvesting and graywater reuse using climate appropriate plant materials. Currently, coordinating the SAVE OUR WATER, Ojai! campaign of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition, a volunteer member of the Ventura River Watershed Council representing the Ojai Valley Green Coalition, and Chair of Programs for the Ojai Valley Garden Club.
My love of the great outdoors and all things “water friendly” led me to Ocean Friendly Gardens in 2008, a program of Surfrider Foundation, which educates on ways to capture rainwater and reduce runoff and pollution of our rivers and streams that eventually ends up in the ocean. My design interest led me to a G3-Green Gardens Core Concepts class and training certification, the Environmental Horticulture Program at Santa Barbara Community College and a Green Garden Certificate, a Greywater Installers Course with Laura Allen, ARCSA American Rainwater Catchment Association and EPA Water Sense certification. I also have a B.S. from the U. of Oregon.
Also called Ocean Friendly Gardens, Water Wise Gardens, Bay Friendly Gardening, Watershed Friendly Gardens, or River-Friendly Landscapes— it’s about using rainwater, greywater and rain tanks wisely in the landscape to save water. These landscapes conserve water and energy, build healthy soil, reduce runoff, while using local resources (mulch, compost) and plant materials that have adapted to our local climate.
My Education and Training
- EPA Water Sense Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor by G3-Green Gardens Group—will finish up my project this month.
- Greywater Installer’s Certification with Laura Allen at Eco-Village in Los Angeles July 2015
- Environmental Horticulture Certificate from SBCC, with a focus on Waterscape Designs and Ocean Friendly Gardens
- Greywater Hands on Workshops with Art Ludwig in Santa Barbara October 17 and November 21, 2014
- Green Gardener Certificate from 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 Coarse with Warren Brush at Quail Springs
- G3-Green Gardens Group Certified Trainer
- Ocean Friendly Gardens Board Member