Ocean Friendly Gardens

What does “Ocean Friendly” mean?

“Ocean Friendly” Gardens are native and/or drought tolerant landscapes which have the capacity to capture, infiltrate, and utilize runoff from storm events. Ocean Friendly Gardens prevent contaminated water from reaching our waterways and, eventually, the ocean. The Ocean Friendly approach revolves around the principles of CPR – conservation, permeability, and retention, which all aim to conserve water while still creating aesthetically pleasing gardens.

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Donal L. dear buildingDrip irrigation and smart irrigation controller provide precise water needs to plants. This reduces water use and runoff as compared to traditional sprinkler irrigation.
  • LOCATION: Carson, CA
  • YEAR PLANTED: 2009
  • IRRIGATION: Drip & Smart
  • SQUARE FEET: 4,400
Edward C. Little water recycling facilityGravel pathway captures rainwater from building downspout into underground drainage cells. Brochure located here.
  • LOCATION: El Segundo, CA
  • YEAR PLANTED: 2009
  • IRRIGATION: Downspout & Cells
  • SQUARE FEET: 1,200
Inglewood fire station 171Decomposed granite provides pathway through garden and reduces rain water runoff by infiltration ground.
  • LOCATION: Inglewood, CA
  • YEAR PLANTED: 2009
  • YEAR PLANTED: 2011
  • IRRIGATION: Ground Infiltration
  • SQUARE FEET: 12,000
Redonmdo Union High schoolRainwater downspout from building directed into garden swale for natural irrigation.
  • LOCATION: Redondo Beach, CA
  • YEAR PLANTED: 2012
  • IRRIGATION: Downspout & Swale
  • SQUARE FEET: 4,500
Carson community CenterPermeable pathway captures rainwater for infiltration. There are six benches for seating.
  • LOCATION: Carson, CA
  • YEAR PLANTED: 2013
  • IRRIGATION: Permeable Pavers
  • SQUARE FEET: 2,300
Malibu Bluffs ParkA footbridge provides a walkway over swale. A gabion wall provides extra seating.
  • LOCATION: Malibu, CA
  • YEAR PLANTED: 2012
  • IRRIGATION: Swale
  • SQUARE FEET: 5,032
Manhattan beachBoulders rip rap, and broken concrete provide stability to sloping hillside. Drought-tolerant plants were selected based on coastal conditions.
  • LOCATION: Manhattan Beach, CA
  • YEAR PLANTED: 2013
  • IRRIGATION: Drip & Smart
  • SQUARE FEET: 2,375
CSU Dominguez hillsRainwater downspouts from building directed into garden swale for natural irrigation.
  • LOCATION: Carson, CA
  • YEAR PLANTED: 2014
  • IRRIGATION: Downspout & Smart
  • SQUARE FEET: 6,500
Culver city high schoolSeveral swales capture rainwater off of steep, sloping roof. Concrete pathways invite visitors into the garden.
  • LOCATION: Csulver City, CA
  • YEAR PLANTED: 2014
  • IRRIGATION: Drip & Smart
  • SQUARE FEET: 2,332
Palos verdes high schoolDecomposed granite pathway allows students to walk to classes while providing a permeable surface for rainwater. Rainwater downspouts from building directed into garden swale for natural irrigation.
  • LOCATION: Palos Verdes Estates, CA
  • YEAR PLANTED: 2014
  • IRRIGATION: Downspout & Smart
  • SQUARE FEET: 33,00
Hawthorne city hallRainwater downspout from building directed into garden swale for natural irrigation.
  • LOCATION: Hawthorne, CA
  • YEAR PLANTED: 2014
  • IRRIGATION: Downspout & Swale
  • SQUARE FEET: 2,000
Hermosa beach community centerGravel pathway captures rainwater from landscape on upper garden into underground drainage cells.
  • LOCATION: Hermosa Beach, CA
  • YEAR PLANTED: 2014
  • IRRIGATION: Gravel & Cells
  • SQUARE FEET: 1,200
Gardena Rowley parkRainwater downspouts on building are directed into garden for natural irrigation.
  • LOCATION: Gardena, CA
  • YEAR PLANTED: 2015
  • IRRIGATION: Downspout
  • SQUARE FEET: 1,200
Hermosa beach play houseRainwater downspouts on building are directed into garden for natural irrigation.
  • LOCATION: Hermosa Beach, CA
  • YEAR PLANTED: 2015
  • IRRIGATION: Downspout
  • SQUARE FEET: 3,628
Inglewood city hall
  • LOCATION: Inglewood, CA
  • YEAR PLANTED: 2016
  • IRRIGATION: Drip & Smart
  • SQUARE FEET: 1,500
Gardena Mayme dear library
  • LOCATION: Gardena, CA
  • YEAR PLANTED: 2017
  • IRRIGATION: Drip
  • SQUARE FEET: 2,240
West hollywood street median
  • LOCATION: West Hollywood, CA
  • YEAR PLANTED: 2017
  • IRRIGATION: Downspout
  • SQUARE FEET: 2,000
Morning side highschool
  • LOCATION: Inglewood, CA
  • YEAR PLANTED: 2017
  • IRRIGATION: Drip
  • SQUARE FEET: 2,200
West Basin has partnered with the Surfrider Foundation to help implement this project. The Surfrider Foundation introduced the "Ocean Friendly" idea, which is the concept of using plants that are native to the Santa Monica Bay coastal region for residential and other landscaped areas. To learn more about the Ocean Friendly Program, contact the Program Manager, Gus Meza at gusm@westbasin.org.
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