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.

West Basin Donald L. Dear Bldg.

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

Carson - Community Center

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

CSU Dominguez Hills

A mulch pathway leads visitors to the boulder seating area. Several swales capture rainwater redirected from the street via curb cuts. 

LOCATION: Carson, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2014
IRRIGATION: Swale
SQUARE FEET: 6,500

Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility

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

Hawthorne - City Hall

Rainwater downspout from building directed into garden swale for natural irrigation.

LOCATION: Hawthorne, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2014
IRRIGATION: Downspout & Swale
SQUARE FEET: 2,000

Hermosa Beach - Community Center

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

Palos Verdes High School

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

Redondo Union High School

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

Rowley Park

Rainwater downspouts on building are directed into garden for natural irrigation.

LOCATION: Gardena, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2015
IRRIGATION: Downspout
SQUARE FEET: 2,094

Mailbu Bluffs Park

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

Inglewood Fire Station

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

Hermosa Beach Playhouse

Rainwater downspouts on building are directed into garden for natural irrigation.

LOCATION: Gardena, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2015
IRRIGATION: Downspout
SQUARE FEET: 2,094