Water Conservation. It's For Life.

Around the Neighborhood

All around California, homeowners are reimagining their yards. These are some of their stories.

Samrrah Raouf

Samrrah Raouf

Carmichael, CA

Saving water is important because….
..in California we only get water falling in the winter. We depend on snow melt to keep our rivers flowing and those rivers have to provide for household water needs, agriculture and nature. Let’s just use what we need.

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Kristan Ulicki

Kristan Ulicki

Anaheim, CA

Saving water is important because…
…we all need it, but carelessly using it affects us all, especially in California. Learning new ways to conserve it, whether inside or outside the house, in creative and inspiring ways, will benefit our state, while beautifying it using plants that are drought-resistant, and inspire our neighbors to get involved in conserving water, because it is important.

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Yaz & Richard Manley

Yaz & Richard Manley

San Marcos, CA

Yaz’s thoughts on gardening:
“A sprawling green lawn in California was a bad idea that never should have blossomed. If we could collectively simply adjust our attitudes we would find surprisingly more beautiful and sustainable solutions for our future.

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Margaret Palmer

Margaret Palmer

Rancho Mirage, CA

Margaret’s favorite gardening quote:
“For the garden is the only place there is, but you will not find it. Until you have looked for it everywhere and found nowhere that is not a desert.” W.H.Auden, “For the Time Being.”

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John Baziuk

John Baziuk

Fresno, CA

Why save water?
It just makes sense that you can have a beautiful garden and be able to save on water usage with proper planning. We all need to understand the importance of water and how it benefits everyone.

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Dee Peden

Dee Peden

Palm Desert, CA

Saving water is important because…

…it is a limited resource. When you live in a desert environment, like we do, it is even more important to use every drop wisely. In our 960-home community, we are doing our part by switching from water-hungry grass to beautiful, water-wise plants and flowers.

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Roberta Walker

Roberta Walker

Sacramento, CA

Ways Roberta likes to save water:

“Re-arrange the drain that takes your gutter water and other landscape water to the street. Instead of going all the way to the curb, stop it midway in the yard. That way the water will permeate the soil and make an overall better environment for your plants.”

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Kathryn McClelland

Kathryn McClelland

Pleasanton, CA

Favorite place to buy native/low-water plants:

The annual sale at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden at Tilden Park (Berkeley), Annie’s Annuals in Richmond and Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore.

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Chris Dundon

Chris Dundon

Concord, CA

Chris’ thoughts on replacing his lawn with water-friendly landscaping:

“When I was first planning to replace my front lawn with a water-efficient landscape, I wanted to keep the cost very reasonable, so I decided to do the work myself. In the end, the total project cost was less than $1,000 to completely plant and irrigate my front yard. The yard looks great and uses very little water. Now on Saturday mornings when my neighbors are mowing their lawns, I am playing tennis!”

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Anne Severs

Anne Severs

Livermore, CA

Anne’s thoughts on her garden:

“Even after several years I am still awestruck at how lush our garden is without any additional water. A thick blanket of mulch has been key to keeping weeds and evaporation at a minimum. Our garden also provides a much needed food source for a variety of birds and beneficial insects.”

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Ruth Saludes

Ruth Saludes

Fresno, CA

Two trees I am passionate about:

Multi-trunked Arbutus marina: I really like this tree—a drought tolerant evergreen, imagine that!

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Mariah Kaffka

Mariah Kaffka

Menifee, CA

Saving water is important because…

…it is every individual’s responsibility within a collective to respect and preserve our Earth’s gifts. The real question is, “Why NOT save water?”

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Linda King

Linda King

Petaluma, CA

What people tell me about my garden:

They can’t believe such a gorgeous, lush garden is drought-resistant!

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Ileana Cataldo

Ileana Cataldo

Pasadena, CA

What I like most about my water-wise garden
I feel very proud that I’m helping conserve water and setting an example for the thousands of people who pass by daily.

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Eddie Rosales

Eddie Rosales

Long Beach, CA

What surprises people most about my water-wise landscaping:
Because of groundwater replenishment from my dry river bed, my street no longer floods!

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Alan Phair

Alan Phair

Long Beach, CA

What surprises people most about my water-wise landscaping;
The range of plants that can be grown with less water.

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Anita McNair

Anita McNair

Compton, CA

What I like best about my yard:
I love that I water my whole yard only twice a month, once a week or every 10 days during the hot summer season. I dream about retiring in Palm Springs but, until that time comes, I can enjoy a little bit of that beautiful oasis right here in the comfort of my home in good ol’ Compton, CA.

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David Schwartz

David Schwartz

Bakersfield, CA

What suprises people most about David’s garden:
People are surprised at the variety of plant material. From trees and shrubs, to rock garden perennials, bulbs and ferns, there is such different form, foliage, texture and flower color that abounds throughout the garden.

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John Sahagian

John Sahagian

Chino, CA

John’s thoughts on his garden:
“Gardening is one of the ways that I relax the most. It is hard work at times because I am always changing things around, looking for the right balance of bright colorful plants that are not that much maintenance and do not require a lot of water. There are always on-going changes, but it is how I really enjoy spending time. When I am home, I am never in the house.”

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Lisa Burton

Lisa Burton

Ventura, CA

What surprises people most about my water-wise landscaping:

How colorful it can be with year-round interest and how many beautiful plants there are that do not need supplemental water. They also comment how boring lawns look when they see a well-designed alternative.

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Jon Huber

Jon Huber

Ventura, CA

Your thoughts on your garden:

It’s an ongoing process. I really want to conserve water and enjoy the California natives! I wish the vegetable garden was drought resistant!

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Jon Cook

Jon Cook

San Jose, CA

What surprises people most about my water-wise landscaping:

How much I save on water, and how good the garden looks without a lawn!

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Cory & Lynette Jones

Cory & Lynette Jones

Petaluma, CA

Cory’s thoughts on his garden:

I love the variety of different plants, shrubs, and trees. I enjoy the seeing the changes that occur as the seasons change.

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Jack Hegenauer

Jack Hegenauer

Solano Beach, CA

Jack’s thoughts on his garden:

It’s a place of urban beauty and tranquility that we have created with sweat equity and a lot of trial and error. It gives us pleasure even when we do things as mundane as pulling weeds.

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L.A. Simmons

L.A. Simmons

Grover Beach, CA

What L.A. likes most about his water-wise garden:
That’s easy—saving both time & $$. Less time maintaining with mowing, edging, fertilizing, & clean-up. Money saved on ever-increasing water bills.

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Humberto & Megan

Humberto & Megan

Long Beach, CA

What Humberto & Megan love about their garden:

We love our low maintenance, vibrant colored garden. Thank you, Miguel (our landscaper), for this wonderful design!

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Kelly Marshall

Kelly Marshall

Clayton, CA

Kelly’s thoughts on gardening:

“When I say ‘drought-tolerant gardening’, I think people envision a yard filled with gravel, steer skulls, and tumbleweeds. My garden is proof that you can have a beautiful, lush, four-season garden with the right plant choices and a water-saving irrigation system.”

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Helen DiZio

Helen DiZio

Rancho Santa Fe, CA

What I like most about my water-wise garden:

It can be neglected for a while. At least until I get back in the gardening mood.

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Kassy Brohaugh

Kassy Brohaugh

Paso Robles, CA

What surprises people most about my water-wise landscaping:

That you can conserve water and still have so much color and variety.

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Roger & Mary Jane Boyd

Roger & Mary Jane Boyd

Solano Beach, CA

Roger’s thoughts on gardening:

Continue to remove grass and replace with draught tolerant plants to conserve H2O.

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Chris & Howard Watkins

Chris & Howard Watkins

Fresno, CA

What Howard loves most about his water-wise garden:

Looks great, easy to maintain, and saves money.

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Ivy Darden & Linda Arrendondo

Ivy Darden & Linda Arrendondo

Fresno, CA

What Linda loves most about their water-wise garden:

I love the variety of plants and the beauty and serenity they offer. I also love that it is low maintenance. Plus, our garden attracts people passing by, which gives me a chance to talk about water-wise gardening.

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Steve Kranyak

Steve Kranyak

Bakersfield, CA

What Steve loves about his garden:

I love that my garden is wild and native. I like that I can enjoy and neglect it as long as I feel during the hottest months and have less costs and maintenance. Having less snails and slugs and roaches and weeds is nice.

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Kimberley Wong

Kimberley Wong

Palo Alto, CA

What surprises people most about my water-wise landscaping:

They are surprised that there is so much diversity and choices of drought- resistant plants. They think the only choices are cactuses, grasses and aloes.

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Susan Lovelace

Susan Lovelace

Cotati, CA

Why is having a water-wise garden important?

Having a water-wise garden is good way to set an example for future generations and to free ourselves of the noisy, polluting, time consuming array of lawn mowers, blowers and weed whackers!

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Mark Glaser & Mary Keenum

Mark Glaser & Mary Keenum

Riverside, CA

What surprises people most about our water-wise landscaping?

That we did it ourselves. Mark: I had always been a turf person but, after seeing how beautiful a yard can look without turf, the only question is why didn’t we do it sooner?

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Werner Frei

Werner Frei

Los Gatos, CA

What I like most about my water-wise garden:

The different shape and colors of the multitude of native plants.

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Santosh Seeram-Santana

Santosh Seeram-Santana

Sacramento, CA

Santosh’s thoughts on her garden:

“Gardening is another form of meditation”

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Michelle Latin

Michelle Latin

Grover Beach, CA

What surprises people most about Michelle’s water-wise landscaping:

How such little water can create such bountiful and beautiful landscaping.

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Rick Cole

Rick Cole

Ventura, CA

Thoughts on my water-wise garden:

Since the day we revamped our garden, we’ve enjoyed the hummingbirds, butterflies and bees that it has attracted. And I’ve been gratified at the number of neighbors who’ve adopted similar plants and ideas for their front yards.

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JoAnne Payan

JoAnne Payan

Sacramento, CA

What I like most about my water-wise garden:

Continuous and year-round blooming plants, the variety of texture and color and the amazing integration of the plants to the hardscape.

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Lauren Feldhaus & Margaret Haber

Lauren Feldhaus & Margaret Haber

Corona, CA

Saving water is important because….

what the planet has is what the planet has and we cannot make water – so it is our responsibility to conserve it for the future generations to enjoy as well.

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Jennifer Hageman

Jennifer Hageman

Folsom, CA

What surprises people most about my water-wise landscaping?

The number of flowering plants that are drought resistant.

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Jim Ardill

Jim Ardill

Moreno Valley, CA

What I like about my garden:

My garden reflects my varied interests. I like that it is water efficient while being more attractive than a lawn.

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Merrily Whiteside

Merrily Whiteside

Roseville, CA

What I like most about my water-wise garden:

The simple pleasure of sitting quietly and watching birds and lizards enjoy the garden as much as I do on a hot summer afternoon.

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Abbie Flanagan & Brigitte Patterson

Abbie Flanagan & Brigitte Patterson

Riverside, CA

What surprises people most about our water-wise landscaping:

That it is both beautiful AND water wise. It is not cactus, succulents and rocks.

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Carol & Henk van Empel

Carol & Henk van Empel

Lincoln, CA

Saving water is important because…

We have an increasingly limited supply and when it’s gone, it’s gone! It is important to save water inside as well as outside. Once you get into the habit of saving, it becomes a lifelong habit. It’s much easier than people think.

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Dan & Suzi Zuppardo

Dan & Suzi Zuppardo

Moreno Valley, CA

What people tell us about our garden:

How much they love it. They are often interested in how to cultivate a garden like ours.

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Ron & Cindy Pryor

Ron & Cindy Pryor

Alta Loma, CA

What surprises people most about our water-efficient landscaping:

People are always surprised about the water savings and many have said they will be thinking of redoing their landscape. Our landscape water savings is approximately 40% over our old lawn scape.

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Latha Sarakki

Latha Sarakki

Irvine, CA

What I like most about my water-wise garden:

I like that there is no wastage of water and the easy maintenance.

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Earl & Patti Bonawitz

Earl & Patti Bonawitz

Murieta, CA

What surprises people most about our water-wise landscaping?

How little time is required to maintain, and how much we’ve reduced our water bills by reducing our outdoor watering.

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Judy Rodríguez

Judy Rodríguez

Roseville, CA

Saving water is important because…

water is essential for all life. We need to be wise stewards of the resources we have. I believe that saving water is something we can all do – even with little steps at a time.

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