Ocean Friendly Gardens

What does "Ocean Friendly" mean?

"Ocean Friendly" Gardens are native and/or drought tolerant landscapes which have the capacity to capture, infiltrate, and filter polluted runoff from storm events. preventing this contaminated water from reaching our waterways and, eventually, the ocean. The Ocean Friendly approach revolves around the principles of CPR - conservation, permeability, and retention, which all aim to conserve water while still creating aesthetically pleasing gardens.

 

 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
Gravel pathway captures rainwater from building downspout into underground drainage cells. Brochure located here.
LOCATION: El Segundo, CA 
YEAR PLANTED: 2009
IRRIGATION: Downspout & Cells
SQUARE FEET: 1,200

 

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: 12,000
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

 

Permeable pathway captures rainwater for infiltration. There are six benches for seating.
LOCATION: Carson, CA 
YEAR PLANTED: 2013
IRRIGATION: Permeable Pavers
SQUARE FEET: 2,300
A footbridge provides a walkway over swale. A gabion wall provides extra seating.
LOCATION: Malibu, CA 
YEAR PLANTED: 2013
IRRIGATION: Swale
SQUARE FEET: 5,032

 

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
Rainwater downspouts from building directed into garden swale for natural irrigation. 
LOCATION: Carson, CA 
YEAR PLANTED: 2014
IRRIGATION: Downspout & Smart
SQUARE FEET: 6,500

 

Several swales capture rainwater off of steep, sloping roof. Concrete pathways invite visitors into the garden
LOCATION: Csulver City, CA 
YEAR PLANTED: 2014
IRRIGATION: Drip & Smart
SQUARE FEET: 2,332
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: 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

 

Rainwater downspouts on building are directed into garden for natural irrigation.
LOCATION: Gardena, CA 
YEAR PLANTED: 2015
IRRIGATION: Downspout
SQUARE FEET: 1,200
Rainwater downspouts on building are directed into garden for natural irrigation.
LOCATION: Hermosa Beach, CA 
YEAR PLANTED: 2015
IRRIGATION: Downspout
SQUARE FEET: 3,628

 

LOCATION: Inglewood, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2016
IRRIGATION: Drip & Smart
SQUARE FEET: 1,500
LOCATION: Gardena, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2017
IRRIGATION: Drip 
SQUARE FEET: 2,240

 

LOCATION: West Hollywood, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2017
IRRIGATION: Downspout
SQUARE FEET: 2,000
LOCATION: Inglewood, CA
YEAR PLANTED: 2017
IRRIGATION: Drip 
SQUARE FEET: 2,200
 
 
 

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.