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

Jun
23
Fri
2:54 am R.O.O.T.S. Training @ Soul Flower Farm
R.O.O.T.S. Training @ Soul Flower Farm
Jun 23 @ 2:54 am – 3:54 am
R.O.O.T.S. Training @ Soul Flower Farm
Interested in learning more about permaculture? Read more about this permaculture course just across the bay in El Sobrante at Soul Flower Farm.
Jun
24
Sat
9:00 am Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Jun 24 @ 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[...]
10:00 am Home composting workshops: Turni... @ Birds, Bees & Beyond, Benicia
Home composting workshops: Turni... @ Birds, Bees & Beyond, Benicia
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:45 am
Home composting workshops: Turning your “waste” into “want” @ Birds, Bees & Beyond, Benicia
Sustainable Solano, in partnership with Republic Services, presents an educational series in Benicia “Healthy Soil, Healthy Planet”. Are you looking for a more sustainable way to landscape your yard? Do you want to grow more[...]
Jun
27
Tue
5:30 pm Mini-Orchard Workdays @ Community Orchard, Heritage Presbyterian Church
Mini-Orchard Workdays @ Community Orchard, Heritage Presbyterian Church
Jun 27 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Workdays are strongly encouraged for Orchard members, but the public is welcome to come lend a hand at our monthly orchard workday, learn about orchard care taking and ask questions. Make sure to stay for a potluck and[...]