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Sustainable Gardening

Sustainable landscape practices are gardening practices that not only save money by saving energy, water, and time; they help the environment.

The concept of sustainable gardening has evolved as a result of current environmental concerns about the broader effects of our gardening practices on:

  • Water availability
  • Off-site water quality
  • Energy use
  • Landfill space
  • Fire-safe landscaping
  • Soil degradation
  • Spread of invasive plant species
  • Protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat

All of these issues are critically important today, and harmful impacts of our gardening practices on any of these concerns can potentially affect the quality of our lives, our health, or the health of the ecosystem upon which we depend.

Gardening practices are only one of many issues affecting the sustainability of human activities, but they are practices that most people can implement immediately, and enormous benefits can be gained by a large fraction of households engaging in sustainable gardening. Using sustainable gardening practices can increase our understanding of the broader effects of all our activities on the environment as a whole.

image of 'The Numbers Speak for Themselves' Sustainable Landscape graphic from Santa Monica OSE garden-garden comparison research

Learn more about How to Practice Sustainable Gardening

SBBG Spring Plant Sale: Saturday, March 29 - Sunday, May 4

Our month-long California native plant sale ends May 4, with new shipments arriving weekly!

Learn More about the Garden's Spring Plant Sale

Download the SBBG Garden Growers Spring 2014 plant availability list

image of SBBG Spring Plant Sale  image of native iris available at the SBBG Spring Plant Sale  A variety of native Pacific Coast image of iris at the SBBG Spring Plant Sale  image of Matilija poppy, Romneya coulteri, blooming in the SBBG Meadow

Landscape for Life: 5-week course, October 14 - November 11

image of California quail amongst the wildflowers in the groundcover display in the Meadow at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ~ photo by Tricia Wardlaw

How to work with nature in your garden
Classes will meet on October 14, 21 & 28, November 4 & 11

Our newest certificate program was developed at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. Five classes cover all aspects of sustainable landscape, including soil and water resources, plant choices, design and installation. Focus on the use of native plants in drought-tolerant, ecologically healthy home gardens. Learn More