Sponge Gardens

All projects and news items related to passive rainwater capture, storm water pollution prevention, sheet mulching and the building or teaching about rain aka “sponge” gardens.

Water LA Curb Cuts Sponge Up Panorama City Rain

Water LA Curbing The Pollution Panorama City stormwater becomes future drinking water through the curb cut made by participants in the Water LA Parkway Raingarden class, led by G3 Certified Professionals, Tom Rau and Marianne Simon in February 2013.  You know you're dealing with proud homeowners when they rush outside during a rainstorm [...]

By | March 10th, 2013|Consulting Node, Sponge Gardens, TerraBLOG|0 Comments

Water LA Infiltrates Panorama City With G3 Watershed Wise Training

G3's Water LA Project Lead, Marianne Simon, Embraced By Residents After Watershed Basics Class G3's Watershed Basics Class kicked off the resident training portion of  Water LA's exciting project in Panorama City, CA. G3 became involved in the Water LA project more than two years ago when it was still percolating around Melanie [...]

ARCSA Raleigh Conference Rallies Around Urban Rainwater Capture

Urban Rainwater Capture Demonstrated On NCSU Campus At the ARCSA (American Rainwater Capture Systems Association) Annual Technical Conference the philosophical policy discussion rages on about whether rainwater should be considered stormwater, or infiltration and passive rainwater capture should be considered as valuable as active harvesting for use.  This will be an ongoing debate [...]

By | September 10th, 2012|Sponge Gardens, TerraBLOG|0 Comments

Ventura Ocean Friendly Garden Rocks Summer

California Natives Doing Their Thing In Ventura OFG Rocks, mulch, camera, ACTION!   Starting Small Gives CA Natives Their Best Start The Ocean Friendly Garden at Dan Long's home in Ventura, CA is ready for its first close-up. Three hot months have passed since the City of Ventura, Surfrider Foundation's Ventura [...]

By | August 15th, 2012|Sponge Gardens, TerraBLOG|0 Comments

Good Enough To Eat Lawndale Library Ocean Friendly Garden

Lawndale Library OFG August 2012 As many of the California native chaparral plants catch a siesta during the hot summer months, the edibles at Lawndale Library Ocean Friendly Garden burst forth with luscious fruit and luxuriant foliage, demonstrating that a well-designed California native garden can be visually stimulating all year long.  This Ocean [...]

By | August 8th, 2012|Design Studio, Sponge Gardens, TerraBLOG|0 Comments

Sneak Peak At Manhattan Beach Strand Ocean Friendly Garden

Here's a G3ManhattanBeachStrandDescription072012  and a sneak peak at what G3 Certified Professional and Lead Designer, Alison Terry is dreaming up for the Ocean Friendly Garden at the Manhattan Beach Strand (right on the beach).  G3 Preliminary Design For Manhattan Beach Strand Ocean Friendly Garden

West Basin WRF Ocean Friendly Garden Stands The Test of Time

CA Native Sycamores In ECLWRF OFG Courtyard Yale PhD Candidate and Friend of G3, Sarah Randle, snapped these images of West Basin MWD's Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility Ocean Friendly Demonstration Garden last weekend. Thanks, Sarah, for looking on the G3 website and using the previous shots as guides for updating our [...]

By | July 16th, 2012|Design Studio, Sponge Gardens, TerraBLOG|0 Comments

Comfort Zones + Rainwater = 40K Gallon Garden

G3 Certified Professionals are trained to design landscapes with water budgets that do not exceed the non-potable water available to be captured on site and utilized before the requirement of supplemental potable irrigation.  If you think about it, this is a profoundly sensible way to design landscapes, and pretty much assures the garden always [...]

By | July 6th, 2012|Sponge Gardens, TerraBLOG, Watershed Wise Landscapes|0 Comments

Los Angeles Water Future (Less Turf. More Surf.)

LA Stormwater and LA Bureau of Sanitation Watershed Protection Division hosted a Low Impact Development (LID) outreach meeting to help spark interest in spreading the good word of watershed protection. Wing Tam, Adel Hagekhalil, and Shahram Kharaghani, the LA Watershed Guys from the Watershed Protection Division were tour guides on a virtual tour of Los [...]

By | June 8th, 2012|Sponge Gardens, TerraBLOG, Video, We're In The News|0 Comments

Vote With Your Click To Ocean Friendly Gardens Video

Vote with Your Eyes by clicking on this link to the newest Ocean Friendly Gardens video featuring G3 Associate, Renee Roth.  Each click casts a vote which will put us in the running for an environmental video award of $1,500!  Share the link with all your watershed-friendly (and soon-to-be-watershed-friendly) friends!  SURFRIDER VENTURA OFG VIDEO