Happy Earth Day!

This Sunday, April 22nd, is Earth Day and why not celebrate by spending a little time outside this weekend, either taking a compost workshop or maybe planning to replace your lawn with a gorgeous low-water using landscape (and get a rebate!).

If you're looking to be inspired, why not visit one of the many lovely Demonstration Gardens in this area?  Here is an interactive map to help you locate Demonstration Gardens in your area.

Here's wishing you a wonderful Earth Day!!  

 Happy Earth Day!!

Happy Earth Day!!

Sustainable Gardening Workshops this Saturday

If you're interested in learning more about sustainable gardening, this Saturday you are in luck!  There are no fewer than seven workshops being held this Saturday in the county to teach you about all kinds of aspects of sustainable landscaping: from graywater to pruning to composting.

If you're interested in an Earth Day festival - complete with a 1K/5K run - check out these three mini workshops at the festival: https://www.southbaygreengardens.org/events-1/ 

Check out our Events page for more details of upcoming events:
  https://www.southbaygreengardens.org/events-1/   Happy gardening!!

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Happy Spring!!

The South Bay Green Gardens website would like to wish everyone a Happy Spring! 

While you're watching the rain from inside, here are a couple of ideas for what to do outside once the sun comes back out:   

Wishing you a wonderful Spring, full of butterflies and flowers.  

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Take Your Yard from Grass to Gorgeous - and get a rebate!

Are you interested in transforming your front or back lawn into something that uses less water?  How about something gorgeous and sustainable?  Would you like a rebate for that?  

If you answered "Yes!" to any of those questions, we have a program for you!  The Santa Clara Valley Water District's Landscape Rebate Program offers customers a rebate for taking out their high-water using landscape and putting in low-water using plants and hardscape.  It's easy too!  Just go to the website for more information about their Landscape Rebate Program.

Looking for landscape designs to get you started?  We have you covered!  Just click here.

Happy National Invasive Species Awareness Week!

Our recommendation is that you celebrate by planing a lovely California native!

But how do you know what is the right species to plant?  Our friends at PlantRight are here to help!  They have a handy guide of what to plant on their website.

Since 2005, PlantRight has been working with California's nursery industry to stop the sale of horticultural invasive plants in ways that are good for business and the environment.  PlantRight unites leaders from California's nursery and landscape industries, conservation groups, academia, and government agencies in a voluntary, science-based, and collaborative way. 

Learn more at www.PlantRight.org. Happy Planting!!




In many ways, Yerba Buena High School in East San José is like any other school: a public, four-year high school with a big, sprawling campus and plenty of green lawn. This fall, something wonderful and unusual is happening on the campus: a quarter-acre of that lawn adjacent to a parking lot is being transformed into a sustainable living teaching center, complete with chickens, aquaponics, food scrap composting, wind turbines, solar panels and more. A grant from the California Department of Water Resources and funding from the Santa Clara Valley Water District is helping with the low-water use ornamental/habitat landscaping.

This is Project TERRA, which stands for Teaching Environmentally Responsible and Respectful Attitudes and teaches students ecological sustainability, environmental awareness, and responsible agricultural practices. Students will use this space to create an outdoor classroom that will inspire as well as give first-hand knowledge of food production and the principles of sustainable farming and landscaping. Just how special is this project? Here are a few features:

Students have been involved every step of the way, from helping to design the landscape and features to helping to build the structures to collecting the eggs from the chickens (and selling them to the teachers and staff on campus for – you guessed it – chicken feed).

“I’ve never worked with a more motivated and hard-working group of students and teachers,” said Sherry Bryan, project manager from Ecology Action, the non-profit that led the area’s transformation including the landscape conversion and irrigation system installation.

Collaborative effort with the community. Project TERRA is a collaborative effort between students, clubs, classes and a wide variety of community stakeholders, including the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the California Department of Water Resources, Ecology Action, Orchard Supply Hardware, Our City Forest and others.


Sustainability: What was once a heavily-watered, difficult to maintain turf area is now a shining example of sustainability, reducing the use of potable water by approximately 70 percent by planting low-water using plants, mostly California native species, and permeable hardscape, such as the decomposed granite pathways through the site. The fruit trees lining the front area of the project? Those were donated by Our City Forest, and they are irrigated with recycled water.

The school is planning to be certified as a habitat garden through the National Wildlife Federation by including water and food sources for birds, butterflies, and native bees.

Additionally, composting will convert yard waste from the campus and the pre-consumer food scraps from the school district’s kitchens into usable compost for the organic gardens.

Charm: there’s just no other way to put it. This is an enchanting area. On a lovely fall day recently, the chickens quietly clucked in their chicken run while butterflies and bees visited the newly-planted flowering native plants. This area combines the best of our community coming together to create a very special area that students will be able to enjoy and learn from for many years to come.

PlantRight - your guide to garden friends and foes

Have you been dreaming about what to plant this coming spring?  If so, have we got a resource for you!  

Our friends at PlantRight have a wonderful website full of information about plants - what to plant and what NOT to plant!  They have some amazing lists, which you can check out here: https://plantright.org/how/  

PlantRight is a project of Sustainable Conservation, a California-based environmental nonprofit. Sustainable Conservation helps our Golden State thrive by uniting people to solve the toughest challenges facing our land, air, and water.

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