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General Gardening Information

Easy Guides

Native Plant and Master Gardeners

  • Receive advice and resources on home horticulture, pest management, and sustainable landscape practices from Santa Clara County's UC Master Gardeners.
     
  • Promote native plant species biodiversity within your landscape, and learn about the natural ecosystems of Santa Clara Valley: California Native Plant Society.

Lawn Resources

Graywater and Rainwater

New Ways to Irrigate

  • Send laundry water to your landscape instead of the sewer with graywater.
     
  • Put Rainwater to good use! For information about harvesting and using rainwater, please click here. For more detailed information, click here.

Irrigation Information

 

Landscape Designs

  • Click here for water-wise garden design templates from the South Bay Green Gardens Work Group, which also provides resources for composting, rainwater harvesting (including rain barrels), stormwater pollution prevention, integrated pest management, climate-appropriate landscaping, and more!
     
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  • Looking to install beautiful, low-maintenance landscaping that won't burst your water budget? Just click here for some ideas from San Jose Water Company to get your project started.

Demonstration Gardens

  • Water-efficient demonstration gardens are wonderful sources of inspiration and practical information. All are open to the public at no cost.
     
    • Come take a walk around the Santa Clara Valley Water District's Demonstration Garden and get inspired. For more information and an interactive map, click here.
       
    • Click here for an interactive map of Demonstration Gardens in Santa Clara County.
       
  • The Mountain View Green Garden Showcase Program highlights environmentally-friendly gardens inside Mountain View to be used as examples and inspiration for the community. For more information, click here
     
  • Going Native Garden Tour showcases California native plants on Saturday April 7 and Sunday April 8 in 2018.
     

Nurseries and Irrigation Equipment Suppliers

Find Landscape Professionals

  • Landscape Professionals Lists 
    • Click here to find companies that have worked on at least 3 Landscape Rebate Program projects. This list of landscape design, construction, and maintenance companies is intended to help participants find landscape professionals that have had experience with the Landscape Rebate Program; it is not intended to be an endorsement of any one company. If you wish to be removed or added to this list, or have general questions, please contact our Water Conservation Hotline information provided at the bottom of this page.
    • Click here to view a list of certified landscape contractors that completed the California Landscape Contractors Association’s Certification Program
    • To hire a gardener trained in sustainable landscape maintenance practices, contact the Santa Clara Valley Green Gardener Program.
       
  • Qualified Water Efficiency Landscapers (QWEL) List 
    Find a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper in your area. A certification program to educate landscape professionals and their customers on the benefits of effective landscape design, management and irrigation practices, QWEL landscapers are trained in water-wise landscape practices including plant selection, irrigation system design and water management. These QWEL graduates will help meet your landscape needs while keeping your outdoor water use in check. For more information about QWEL, click here.
     
  • WaterSense Landscaper List
    Click here to find a local irrigation professional certified by the EPA's WaterSense Program. They're trained to help you reduce your water use and maximize the efficiency of your irrigation system.
     
  • Landscaper Leaderboard
    Click here for a list of local landscape contractors ranked by their water management skills. Independently developed by Waterfluence as part of the district’s Large Landscape Survey Program, this list ranks landscape companies according to how closely actual water use tracks to a site-specific landscape budget. Updated monthly, the sites are scored over the last 12 months relative to all other sites in the program. If you have questions about this list, contact Waterfluence

QUESTIONS? Call the Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554 or email us at [email protected].