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It's Naitve. It's Sustainable. It's Ocean Friendly.

It’s Naitve. It’s Sustainable.
It’s Ocean Friendly.

We love being a part of this paradigm shift in thinking about how we design our coastal landscapes. Southern California is such a great place to live with possibly the best weather in the world. Though we must not forget that we live in a very arid region as well. As we travel through San Diego we see an abundance of green lawns, tropical trees and water being used with an out of sight out of mind mentality. Without the enormous water contributions of Northern California and the Colorado River, Southern California would visually look completely different than the lush green wonderland we see today. As Designers and stewards of the landscape we have a responsibility to design with the knowledge we posses about our lack of expendable water. We need water for our homes and for necessary uses but typically 70% of our home water bill goes straight to the water usage in our yards. If we are capable of mitigating this water usage then we have the responsibility to do so.

 

An ocean friendly home

An ocean friendly home

What people don’t realize is that Southern California and more specifically our Mediterranean climate houses a broad range of flora that is adapted to arid climate regions but is also strikingly beautiful. What I’ve noticed is that people will request a plant palette that is tropical in nature. Not because it is particularly what they want, but because it is what they are surrounded by. They see their neighbors and friends with that particular plant palette and then decide they want something similar. A pattern then begins and ultimately San Diego begins to have a narrow vision of beauty in the landscape with an even narrower palette of plants to choose from. Falling Waters Landscape understands the disconnect that is occurring and is attempting to change that cycle.

We have partnered with the Surfrider Foundation and the Ocean Friendly Garden program which seeks to promote conservation, permeability, and retention. They understand urban runoff is the number one source of ocean pollution and we as official contractors for the program are actively enforcing these tenants in our own designs in the coastal Southern California Region.

 

Progressive thinking leads to good things

Progressive thinking leads to good things

Our display at the Spring Home/Garden show won best of show for placing a focus on these ideas and putting them into action by utilizing water cisterns to capture water, installing swales to help water infiltrate into the soil and water table, using mulch to ease evaporation and also help water more easily permeate through the soil. We used permeable pavers to reduce runoff and incorporate native and drought tolerant plants. The combination of these ideas then becomes a cohesive and beautiful and functional design that all Southern California homes could and should utilize. We are very proud of our partnership with the Surfrider Foundation and that our conscious efforts were recognized as a responsible and beautiful solution to the current state of landscapes in Southern California. We would like to give a thanks to all who helped out in the implementation of the display along with all of our sponsors and partners. Til next year. . “When one tugs on one thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world” -
John Muir

 

Spring Home Garden Show

Spring Home Garden Show

The flowers are slowly coming into bloom, the sun is beginning to shine just a little bit warmer and the masses are starting to look at what is new in residential design as the outdoor recreation season begins. Oh who are we kidding, We live in San Diego! All year long is the outdoor recreation season. Every year around this time the Spring Home/Garden Show comes to town at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and every year a select group of master gardeners get to show their chops at the Master Gardeners exposition. The Garden Show is as they put it, is a place where you can find everything for your home, where show prices are the best and where you can buy plants direct from the growers. Don’t forget that any event at the fairgrounds has to include great food and the carts were out in full swing this year. Mmm, cant you just smell the kettle corn or grilled sausage over an open flame?

 

Exhibitors viewing the displays

Exhibitors viewing the displays

The Garden show provided the opportunity for San Diego residents to meander through the booths of merchants and business people all vying for our attention to help make our homes inside and out a better place. However, the main event at least in my opinion is the Garden Masters Exposition. The exposition showcases a variety of excellent Landscape Design companies displaying their version of beauty, design and function in a friendly competitive environment. The variety and diversity of displays is what makes this exposition so great, with designs that can attract a wide variety of show goers. The Spring Home/Garden show for 2013 was quite the success for everyone involved by providing exposure to a plethora of local companies and for demonstrating the great amount of creativity and hard work by those who put on the show.
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Delta Home Improvement Specialists in the beginning stages of our Ocean Friendly Garden Home facade

Delta Home Improvement Specialists in the beginning stages of our Ocean Friendly Garden Home facade

Delta Home Improvement Specialists is a general contractor based out of our very own Encinitas, Cal-i-for-ni-a! Gerrod Rabak has been in business since 2005 creating and executing finely crafted projects. Gerrod has worked with us in the past to help realize our vision and he came through again to build our display at the 2013 San Diego Home Garden Show. Gerrod did an amazing job building our home facade that helped us win Best In Show this year!  We want to thank Gerrod for his time and dedication in helping with our successful showing at the Garden Show.

Surfrider Foundation Ocean Friendly Garden Program

Surfrider Foundation Ocean Friendly Garden Program

 

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grass roots organization that started 25 years ago. It all started when 3 surfers from Malibu were about to lose their favorite wave through development.  The Surfrider Foundation was founded through their efforts to preserve something they loved and gave them enjoyment. Their mission thereafter was “The protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.” They feel pretty strongly about their commitment to protecting our beaches and have extended their reach around the world. We at Falling Waters Landscape were fortunate enough to team up with the Surfrider Foundation to design a display at the  2013 Spring San Diego Home Garden Show.

Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider Foundation

 

We are are certified contractors for Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Garden program which aims at preventing runoff from entering our oceans, conserving water by planting native and climate appropriate plants, increasing permeability of water back into the soil and by utilizing a variety of water retention methods. The Surfrider foundation realizes that Urban runoff from vehicles, garden chemicals and man made and caused bacteria and sediment is the number one source of ocean pollution. Their noble attempts to educate the public about this issue have brought companies like ours into the mix to be stewards of the program and implement these ideals of conservation into practice for the coastal cities in which we work and live. The Surfrider Foundation has always been at the forefront of protecting our coastlines through a variety of programs and the Ocean Friendly Garden program is yet another in a dedicated effort to protect, conserve and allow everyone to enjoy our beaches and coastlines.

Moosa creek is a great California Native nursery based in Valley Center, California. These guys are serious about their craft. This family owned and operated nursery uses a very unique growing system to ensure their plants are well adapted specifically to our Southern California Climate. To ensure high survivability they utilize microbe infused soil mixes that are designed to match a plants natural environment. Moosa uses as little amount of chemicals as they can for the benefit of the plant but also for the land on which they grow on. Moosa Nursery even water stresses their plants so that they “develop enhanced survival skills.”  All of this just means a plant thats going to survive wherever we plant it in Southern California. We support Moosa Creek and used their plants to help us win Best in Show at the 2013 San Diego Spring Home and Garden show for our sustainable and water wise display.