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?

LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONALS

We have lots of resources and information for Landscape Professionals in Solano County and beyond, and are interested in your input and experience. Or join our database of landscapers.

GENERAL PUBLIC

Get educated about creating your own sustainable landscape, see demonstration gardens throughout the county, or find a sustainable landscape professional to help you.

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Upcoming Events

Feb
3
Sat
9:30 am (Sebastopol) Winter Fruit Tree P... @ Location provided upon registration
(Sebastopol) Winter Fruit Tree P... @ Location provided upon registration
Feb 3 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
(Sebastopol) Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop with David Shaw @ Location provided upon registration
          [Photo Credit: http://santacruzpermaculture.com/] Do you have fruit trees in need of some love? Have you tried to learn pruning but find the topic confusing? Want to develop professional skills and be[...]
5:00 pm Denise Rushing Speaks in Suisun ... @ Suisun Harbor Theatre
Denise Rushing Speaks in Suisun ... @ Suisun Harbor Theatre
Feb 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Denise Rushing Speaks in Suisun City! @ Suisun Harbor Theatre
Join us for the launch of our Conversations program speaker series in Suisun City with author, permaculture expert and former elected official (Lake County Board of Supervisors) Denise Rushing. This a FREE event but registration[...]
Feb
8
Thu
6:00 pm Suisun City Sustainable Landscap... @ The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
Suisun City Sustainable Landscap... @ The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Suisun City Sustainable Landscape Class with Kathleen Huffman @ The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
Register Here. Fairfield-based permaculture designer and landscaper, Kathleen Huffman, will teach about sustainable landscaping: beautiful, productive, life-supporting ecosystems featuring trees and a variety of perennials fed by “secondary” water (greywater and rainwater). We’ll discuss edible landscaping, examine[...]