Sustainable Education Garden

Upcoming Workshops at the Sustainable Education Garden:

2018 Eco-Friendly Garden Tour at the Sustainable Education Garden featuring FREE Residential Irrigation Controller Programming Workshops

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Saturday, May 5 from 10 am to 4 pm

Events at the Sustainable Education Garden

  • FREE Residential irrigation controller programming workshops 10 a.m. & 12 p.m
  • Guided tour following each workshop

Join us on the day of the tour for two workshops hosted by the City of Santa Rosa Water-Use Efficiency Division.

Do you have an irrigation system at your home? Programming the irrigation controller to match your landscape water needs will save water, money and improve the health of your plants! 

Come join us for a free hands-on workshop where you will learn the basic steps to program a controller, and how to use the various features. Participants will also learn about additional tools and resources including weather-based controller technology and weekly WaterSmart Yard recommendations that make seasonal controller programming easy and effective. Enjoy a guided tour of the new sustainable education garden immediately following the workshop.



The Nexus Between Water Efficiency and Storm Water: Success and Lessons Learned at City Hall

Eco Friendly Garden Tour

Wednesday, May 23 from  9am to 11am – A free workshop for Landscape and Storm Water Industry Professionals

Come learn from project team leads and discuss successes and challenges to project implementation at the new Sustainable Education Garden at Santa Rosa City Hall. More information...



The Transformation of the City Hall Sustainable Education Garden

The City Hall lawn and landscape has been transformed into a beautiful and functional demonstration garden and community gathering area. The garden was designed using holistic water-use efficiency and storm water best management practices. The garden features:

  • Drought tolerant, low water-use plants including California Natives which will meet the City's Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (PDF).
  • Russian-River Friendly Landscaping Best Practices that work in harmony with the natural conditions of the Russian River Watershed.
  • Bioswales and bioretention to capture and naturally clean storm water runoff onsite as explained in the Storm Water Low Impact Technical Design Manual (PDF).
  • Rainwater harvesting.
  • Community gathering area that will also be used as an outdoor classroom.
  • Informational displays and interpretive signage.         

Project Renderings

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A draft design was created as a result of a stakeholder workshop that included members of the public and the design community, along with the help of the project landscape architect and City staff. These initial design renderings were provided for public comment via this website. The comments received were taken into consideration by the design team to create the final design (links above). The design includes: rainwater harvesting, signage, storm water features and a community gathering area that are required as part of the grant awarded by the State Water Resources Control Board.

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For additional information, please contact the Project Manager Deb Lane by email or call 707-543-4506


Funding for this project is largely provided by the State Water Resources Control Board.