Ocean Friendly Gardens

What does "Ocean Friendly" mean?

"Ocean Friendly" revolves around conservation, permeability and retention, all with the aim of conserving water while still creating aesthetic gardens.

This project addresses runoff problems and reduces outdoor water usage by 20 to 50 percent by providing weather-based irrigation controllers (WBICs) and native plant landscaping. The targeted landscape sites will include large landscapes, schools, parks, home owner associations, business parks, facility landscapes, street medians, and residential sites over 1,500 square feet that are the top water users in the area. This project will be implemented throughout West Basin's service area.

The project has several components including:

  • Provide centralized WBICs to large landscapes (1 acre or greater)
  • Issue "Smart" controller rebates for residents
  • Conduct residential landscape workshops
  • Create "Ocean Friendly" demonstration gardens

Objectives: The primary objectives of the program are:

  • Increase water supply reliability
  • Improve water quality
  • Conduct public educational workshops
  • Increase water awareness through water efficient demonstration gardens

Benefits: The benefits to this project occur in the following ways:

  • Water Conservation (20-50%)
  • Runoff Reduction (by up to 70%)
  • Public Education Use of Efficient Technology

View some of our gardens below or embark on a self guided tour here.

 

 

Drip irrigation and smart irrigation controller provide precise water needs to plants. This reduces water use and runoff as compared to traditional sprinkler irrigation.
LOCATION: Carson, CA 
YEAR PLANTED: 2009
IRRIGATION: Drip & Smart
SQUARE FEET: 4,400
Permeable pathway captures rainwater for infiltration. There are siz benches for seating.
LOCATION: Carson, CA 
YEAR PLANTED: 2013
IRRIGATION: Permeable Pavers
SQUARE FEET: 2,300

 

Permeable paver pathway captures rainwater for infiltration. There are six benches for seating.
LOCATION: Carson, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2013
IRRIGATION: Permeable Pavers
SQUARE FEET: 2,300
Gravel pathway captures rainwater from building downspout into underground drainage cells.
LOCATION: El Segundo, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2009
IRRIGATION: Downspout & Cells
SQUARE FEET: 1,200

 

Rainwater downspout from building  directed into garden swale for natural irrigation.
LOCATION: Hawthorne, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2014
IRRIGATION: Downspout & Swale
SQUARE FEET: 2,000
Gravel pathway captures rainwater from landscape on upper garden into underground drainage cells.
LOCATION: Hermosa Beach, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2014
IRRIGATION: Gravel & Cells
SQUARE FEET: 1,200

 

Decomposed granite pathway allows students to walk to classes while providing a permeable surface for rainwater. Rainwater downspouts from building directed into garden swale for natural irrigation.
LOCATION: Palos Verdes Estates, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2014
IRRIGATION: Downspout & Swale
SQUARE FEET: 3,300
Rainwater downspout from building directed into garden swale for natural irrigation.
LOCATION: Redondo Beach, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2012
IRRIGATION: Downspout & Swale
SQUARE FEET: 4,500

 

Rainwater downspouts on building are directed into garden for natural irrigation.
LOCATION: Gardena, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2015
IRRIGATION: Downspout
SQUARE FEET: 2,094
A footbridge provides a walkway over swale. A gabion wall provides extra seating.
LOCATION: Malibu, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2013
IRRIGATION: Swale
SQUARE FEET: 4,500

 

Decomposed granite provides pathway through garden and reduces rain water runoff by infiltration ground.
LOCATION: Inglewood, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2011
IRRIGATION: Ground Infiltration
SQUARE FEET: 2,094
Rainwater downspouts on building are directed into garden for natural irrigation.
LOCATION: Hermosa Beach, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2015
IRRIGATION: Downspout
SQUARE FEET: 2,094

 

Several swales capture rainwater off of steep, sloping roof. Concrete pathways invite visitors into the garden.
LOCATION: Culver City, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2014
IRRIGATION: Drip & Smart
SQUARE FEET: 2,332
Boulders, rip rap, and broken concrete provide stability to sloping hillside. Drought-tolerant plants were selected based on coastal conditions
LOCATION: Manhattan Beach, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2013
IRRIGATION: Drip & Smart
SQUARE FEET: 2,375

Partnerships

West Basin has partnered with the Surfrider Foundation to help implement this project. The Surfrider Foundation introduced the "Ocean Friendly" idea, which is the concept of using plants that are native to the Santa Monica Bay coastal region for residential and other landscaped areas.

To learn more about the Ocean Friendly Program, contact the Program Manager, Gus Meza at gusm@westbasin.org.