Drought-tolerant Demonstration

The Climate Change Garden is one of the largest single installations on the property. The original garden was designed and planted in 1987 as an example of plantings for low water use. The Thomas Long Foundation gave a generous grant to build the original landscape and dry creek bed that serves as streambed in the winter that helps collect water to be recharged in the ground.

In 2004, East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) released a book called Plants & Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates, which was very popular in our region. EBMUD gave the Gardens a generous grant to renovate the area to showcase drought-tolerant plants and sustainable landscaping practices. The garden location features three small pathways made of pervious material to reduce run-off recharge the ground water. New plantings were grouped according to water needs (hydrozoning), and an inline drip irrigation system was installed, demonstrating ways to water a garden more efficiently.

This garden area is currently under design review for further development to showcase adaptations to our changing climate.