Water-Smart Gardening in Santa Cruz County

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Would you like to update your garden? Water-Smart Gardening in Santa Cruz County is full of inspirational gardens and ideas that can help reduce summer watering costs. This online resource features local gardens and plants adapted to our climate. The website includes:

garden planted with California nativesGarden Tours Take virtual tours of local gardens for innovative design ideas.

Garden Gallery Review garden spaces (front yards, hillsides) and garden elements (lawn alternatives, permeable surfaces) to help with your garden planning.


parking strip with poppiesPlants
Search a detailed plant database and plant lists for water conserving plants that thrive in Santa Cruz County.

My List Save and print a list of your favorite plants to take to the nursery.

Garden Resources Browse a wide variety of garden related topics such as mulching and finding California native plants.


garden at Sierra AzulWatering Tips
Learn more about irrigation including how long and how often to water your garden.

Cds are also available free upon request. Contact the Water Conservation Office by phone 831-420-5230 or email to request your copy.