Water Conservation. It's For Life.

JoAnne Payan


Retired civil servant/California state government

Favorite way to spend free time:

Gardening (of course!), knitting, reading and travel.

Favorite national park:

Point Reyes National Seashore

My favorite flower, plant or tree:

Sweet Pea, Daphne and Crepe Myrtle

Favorite gardening website:

Flora Grubb

My thoughts on my garden:

So happy I took the plunge; not a blade of grass — no regrets! A complete sanctuary and outdoor living space exceeding all expectations.

What people tell me about my garden:

How lovely it is and how much my garden has made the neighborhood unique and eye-catching.

What surprises people most about my water-wise landscaping:

The irrigation is entirely drip and the variety of flowering plants.

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.

Saving water is important because…

…it takes 1,000’s of gallons of water to keep a lawn green. Juxtapose this fact with the challenge of ensuring California families have access to an adequate supply of safe drinking water, well . . . it seems like a small but important contribution to make to the greater good! I hope others will be courageous and downsize their traditional lawn-based landscape—even a minor reduction in the use of water to irrigate can make a difference.