Drought Tolerant Landscaping

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Did you know that irrigation constitutes over 50% of water use in America?  Consider drought tolerant landscaping to significantly reduce water usage at your home or business.  The majority of the City's parks and medians are irrigated with reclaimed water.  This is a major effort to reduce the City's usage of potable water. 

The Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden (MBBG) has a wonderful drought tolerant garden for residents and businesses to learn from.  The garden is located in Polliwog Park, on Peck Avenue, just north of Manhattan Beach Boulevard and is open from 8:00 AM to sundown daily.  Admission is free.  MBBG also offers free classes to teach you how to plant and care for your own drought tolerant garden. Please visit their website to check the class schedule and sign up to attend. For additional questions please contact the MBBG at (310) 546-1354.

You Can Plant Drought Tolerants!

Need a new look for your front yard, patio or entryway? Don't know what to plant on your hillside or parking strips? The California Friendly Garden Guide has assembled an easy-to-use idea finder for the most common landscaping dilemmas. Take a virtual tour of local drought tolerants gardens and view the large number of examples of drought-resistant plants and landscapes the Garden Guide offers. The Garden Guide also allows you to create a personal catalog of plants to help you plan your new garden.

The City also offers several resources, and rebate information for installation of CA-friendly gardens, on its Sustainable Landscape webpage.

Here are a couple more ways to help you get started:

Water Wise gardens conserve water by utilizing California native, drought tolerant plants.  If you would like to view a variety of drought tolerant landscaping, locate water wise gardens in California.

The Water Replenishment District offers Free Eco Gardner classes, and a free drought resistant landscaping Water Saving Calculator to show you how much you might save by changing your landscaping.

Additional Resources:

  • Garden Web
  • Plant Encyclopedia
  • The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, Inc.

  • For additional information contact the Environmental Sustainability Division at (310)-802-5508.


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