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garden\garden 2013

garden\garden, a public demonstration garden at 1718 and 1724 Pearl St, shows that sustainable landscapes are cost-effective, environmentally beneficial, and easy to replicate. A nine-year case study documenting the resource consumption at the two gardens shows that the Native Garden (1724 Pearl St.) uses 83% less water; generates 56% less green waste and requires 68% less maintenance than the Traditional Garden (1718 Pearl St.). View the full report: garden-garden 2013 

Native Garden
Traditional Garden

 April 2012 - More about the Garden / Garden project and Sustainable Landscaping from reporter and expert Emily Green at


garden\garden 2004

garden\garden, a demonstration landscape project of the City of Santa Monica and the Metropolitan Water District at Santa Monica College, compares two landscape strategies, sustainable vs. traditional "mow and blow," side-by-side.

The results are in - there is no comparison.  Sustainable landscaping enhances our coastal environment, significantly reducing pollution and waste, while saving time, money and water.
 garden garden logo
Complete garden/garden Brochure pdf

home native garden
Native Garden
 home traditional garden
Traditional Garden
Native Garden Plant List pdf
Permeable Paving Info Sheet pdf
Rainwater Infiltration Pit Info Sheet pdf
Native Garden Resources pdf
Traditional Garden Plant List pdf
Traditional Garden Resources pdf

Comparison Data

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The Numbers Speak for Themselves.
Click here to see a full-size version of the above Research Data Flyer.pdf

More Data:2004 to 2010 Comparison Charts 
Water Consumption Data
Maintenance Data
Solid Waste Generation Data


Background and Construction

garden/garden is a “real life” demonstration garden composed of two adjacent front yards contrasting the benefits of native gardens and traditional gardens of southern California.

The native, California-friendly garden features only California native plants, which provide habitat and food for beneficial native birds and insects.  A water-efficient drip irrigation system provides each plant the right amount of water based on plant type and weather information that the irrigation controller receives via satellite.  Rainwater is captured from the roof and directed into an under-ground filtering system before it recharges the local groundwater supplies.

The traditional garden is the most common type of garden found in southern California. It features exotic plants, native to the Eastern United States, that require large amounts of water, fertilizers, pesticides and maintenance to keep them healthy in our Mediterranean climate.

 Native before

Native Garden Site Pre-Demolition

 Traditional Before

Traditional Garden Site Pre-Demolition

 Native Demolition
Native Garden Site During Landscaping

 Traditional Demolition
Traditional Garden Site During Landscaping

Aerial View of Site
Construction Cost Sheet pdf
garden/garden Site Plan
garden/garden is located at 1724 & 1718 Pearl St., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Last updated: Wednesday, 09/16/2015

All About Plants

Climate-appropriate, drought-tolerant, California-friendly, water-wise: different ways to say the same thing -- choosing the right plant material is an important part of any sustainable landscape.
Learn More.

A Website for Sore Eyes

Take a gander at some gorgeous gardens, point and click on the plants you like and - voila! - you tap into a wealth of information on that particular plant species.  Click again and you automatically compile a printable list of plants that can easily be handed-off to a landscaper or an attendant at your favorite nursery. 

This tool will go a long way in helping you overcome some of the most significant hurdles in getting your sustainable landscape project started.


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