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Self-Guided Tour of SCVWD Demonstration Garden

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Welcome to the Santa Clara Valley Water District's Demonstration Garden! 

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is fortunate to be located next to the Guadalupe River and two percolation ponds. 

We have worked hard to create a campus that is water-efficient and sustainable.  Several years ago, the District converted all rotors and sprinkler heads to in-line drip irrigation, helping to reduce the water use on campus by more than 30 percent compared to 2013.  

Most of the plants you see on campus are drought-tolerant and many are California natives.  The resilience of these plants will help our landscaping endure though any extreme weather our changing environment brings.  Many of the California native plants you see around campus haven't been irrigated for over 10 years. 

We also have plenty of birds, squirrels, bunnies and other critters, so keep an eye out!

Self-Guided Walking Tour Flyer

The Water District invites you to take a Self-Guided Walking Tour around our campus.  To get started, download our Self-Guided Walking Tour Flyer here.  Printed flyers are also available in the Lobby of our Headquarters Building at 5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose.  

What do the Plant Signs Mean?

The plant signs you see around campus have information about water and sunlight requirements, whether a plant is deer resistant and/or a California native.  It also gives you the common name of the plant, the Latin plant name, a photo and short description.  

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Interactive Map of District’s Demonstration Garden

To view an interactive map of the District’s Demonstration Garden, please click here

A special note about invasive species: Most of the plants you see on campus are drought-tolerant and many are California natives, most of which require very little water. There are, however, some plants around campus that are invasive and will be phased out.  If you’d like to learn more about invasive species, please click here

Other Demonstrations Gardens in the South Bay

For an interactive map of Demonstration Gardens in the South Bay, please click here.

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Water Efficiency

The campus is a model of the water efficiency we hope to see throughout our community. Several years ago, the water district converted all rotors and sprinkler heads to in-line drip irrigation, helping to reduce the water use on campus by more than 30 percent compared to 2013.  For more about how to save water in your landscape, click here

South Bay Green Gardens

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The Water District is proud to be part of the South Bay Green Gardens team.  South Bay Green Gardens is a website that’s a one-stop-shop for sustainable landscaping.  On the website, you will find Events, Garden Galleries, Landscape Design Ideas, Compost and Mulching Tips and much more.  Go to www.SouthBayGreenGardens.org.

Water-Wise Plants

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Hopefully, walking around our campus has inspired you to plant some water-wise plants of your own!  We have some helpful links to help you pick the right ones for your area.  

California Native Plant Society's Plant Database


UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars
 

San Jose Water Company's Water-Wise Plant Database
 

Santa Clara Valley Water District's Approved Plant List
 

PlantRight Guide to Better Plants