Sustainable Landscaping

What is sustainable landscaping?

Perry Apple TreeOur definition of sustainable landscaping is a lush, beautiful and productive garden. A garden that draws no additional water from primary sources, but instead fed by secondary water – greywater and rainwater stored in the ground and harvested from the roof. We envision our neighborhoods green, with native and well-adapted Mediterranean plants and trees shading buildings and streets; providing visual enjoyment, food (yes, you can still grow your food-producing and medicinal plants in the drought if you use secondary water), and habitat-diverse ecosystems.  We dream about each house in Solano county using laundry-to-landscape greywater to feed these beautiful gardens.

Sprawling lawns are a misfit in California’s drier environment. But what does fit? Gravel and hardscaping uses no water, but is it a right choice for our communities? Not only does it add heat to already rising temperatures, but it takes away shade-giving trees and habitat. Then there are the increasingly popular minimalistic landscapes – a sea of mulch with a few protruding spikes of drought-resistant plants. This approach falls in-between, providing some plants, substituting mulch for gravel for less heat, saves water, but does it provide a habitat for animals and humans? Does it nurture the land, provide shelter for body and soul?

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Upcoming Events

Jul
29
Sat
9:00 am Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Jul 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
BCG maintains a Benicia Community Share Plot where we grow food for donation to the community members in need. It’s cared for by volunteers and you are welcome to join in at any of our workdays. Chris[...]
2:00 pm What’s For Dinner? Vallejo @ John F. Kennedy Library, Vallejo
What’s For Dinner? Vallejo @ John F. Kennedy Library, Vallejo
Jul 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The next seasonal cooking workshop for Summer will be July 29th. In that workshop Chef Lisa will be teaching the group how to make fresh pesto sauce(s). In addition to the traditional basil and pine[...]
Aug
2
Wed
all-day Sustainable Solano at the Solano... @ Solano County Fairgrounds
Sustainable Solano at the Solano... @ Solano County Fairgrounds
Aug 2 – Aug 6 all-day
Sustainable Solano at the Solano County Fair! @ Solano County Fairgrounds
Meet the team behind the Solano sustainable movement at this year’s Solano County Fair! Interested in sustainable landscaping? Sustainable communities? Local food systems? Have a burning vision of how we can co-create something for the[...]
Aug
5
Sat
8:00 am Food Forest Installation Worksho... @ Loma Vista Farm
Food Forest Installation Worksho... @ Loma Vista Farm
Aug 5 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Food Forest Installation Workshop at Loma Vista Farm - POSTPONED @ Loma Vista Farm
LOMA VISTA FARM and SUSTAINABLE SOLANO come together to create a permaculture demonstration public food forest! Come break ground with others and be a part of building the foundation to this public garden by creating[...]