Water-Wise Home Demonstration

Peaceful grove

Formal Gardening in the Shade

The Water-Wise Home Demo Garden features Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s recommended California-native plants that create wildlife habitats and are easy to grow, readily available at the Garden’s Nursery (and other locations), drought-tolerant, and beautiful. The Water-Wise Home Garden also features water-harvesting techniques, such as bioswales, basins, and water-collection tanks, which reduce the need for irrigation.

Its small scale and realistic setting make this garden relevant to today’s home gardener, displaying ways you can be water savvy at home.

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Solutions for a Fickle Climate

Fight Drought with Water Harvesting

With a guaranteed dry season every year and unpredictable precipitation patterns, gardening in California requires creative water use. Fortunately, a variety of solutions exist to enhance soil moisture and help plants thrive. Using topography to create bioswales and basins passively encourages water to slow down, spread out, and sink into the soil, while rain barrels and cisterns can provide a buffer for especially dry times.

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