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

Sep
30
Sat
9:00 am Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Sep 30 @ 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[...]
Oct
7
Sat
9:00 am California Native Plant Society ... @ Heritage Presbyterian Church
California Native Plant Society ... @ Heritage Presbyterian Church
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
California Native Plant Society Native Plant Sale @ Heritage Presbyterian Church
The Willis Jepson Chapter of the California Native Plant Society has scheduled its fall native plant sale for October 7, 2017 from 9am to 2 pm, Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1400 East Second Street, Benicia CA.[...]
Oct
14
Sat
10:30 am Denise Rushing Speaker Event @ Fairfield Civic Library
Denise Rushing Speaker Event @ Fairfield Civic Library
Oct 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Denise Rushing Speaker Event @ Fairfield Civic Library
“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I can move the world.” – Archimedes   Join Sustainable Solano at the Fairfield Civic Library in a Speaker Event[...]
Oct
21
Sat
10:00 am Harvest Party with Jessica Bates... @ Avant Garden, Benicia
Harvest Party with Jessica Bates... @ Avant Garden, Benicia
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Join us for our Annual Harvest Party at Avant Garden! This year we will have a guest speaker, Jessica Bates, followed by BBQ, potluck, music, conversations around the table. More on Jessica below. “Soil Health and[...]