Below is a listing of local landscaping resources to help you design and maintain a California Friendly landscape. These sites offer a variety of native and California Friendly plants that are suited to southern California’s semi-arid climate and require very little water. To speak with someone at MWDOC about landscape water use efficiency, please call (714) 593-5038. Additional information is also available at www.bewaterwise.com.
California Friendly Landscaping Resources
Corona del Mar Roger’s Gardens
2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar
The landscape surrounding this high-end nursery, garden and home store features California Friendly plants and landscaping.
Costa Mesa Mesa Water District Demonstration Garden
1965 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa
California Friendly plants are showcased, along with the latest in state-of-the-art irrigation practices.
Orange County Fair Centennial Farm
88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa
Sponsored by the Mesa Water District, this garden is open to the public year-round and features California Friendly landscaping and will soon be expanded.
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton
Native grasses, agaves and yuccas around the new visitor’s center show the elegant beauty and ultimate utility of using those plants as companions to wildflowers and perennials.
Shipley Nature Center Demonstration Garden
17829 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach
This 1-acre garden within the Shipley Nature Preserve showcases eight habitat gardens, two built for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. Water harvesting techniques are demonstrated, and frequent classes are held.
Casa Romantica Cultural Center
415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente
The historic home of San Clemente founder Ole Hanson boasts a 2.4-acre California Friendly garden along an ocean bluff with stunning views. The gardens were designed by Isabelle Greene (granddaughter of Craftsman architect Henry Greene.)
San Clemente Park Semper Fi
San Clemente Pier Bowl, San Clemente
This low coastal bluff adjacent to beach parking features endangered coastal sage scrub and chaparral plant communities indigenous to San Clemente, and a bronze monument to the U.S. Marines.
Topiary designs can be truly amazing. From live topiary plants to preserved boxwoods, works of art can be sculpted from a large number of plants.