The District office's demonstration garden at 2 Civic Center Drive was just awarded Monterey Bay Friendly Landscaping status. Built with grant funds in 2010, the garden features regional natives and other low water plants. "Like all landscapes from time to time, our's needed freshening up and the certification encouraged us to make sure we were sustainable in every way," says Water Use Efficiency Coordinator LeAnne Ravinale.
This District is looking to certifiy at least 20 gardens this year in the Scotts Valley area. The simple 9-point criteria for certification can be found at the Monterey Bay Friendly Landscaping website. Don't hesitate to contact the District if you're interested in a free qualification check, and/or rebates that will help get you there. The program is open to businesses and private residences and upon certification, participants are given full-color lawn signs and discounts to local landscaping retailers. Call 600-1907 or email email@example.com for more information.