Ocean Friendly Garden #1 Gets installed in Huntington Beach

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

The Huntington Beach / Seal Beach  Surfrider Chapter is very excited to announce that we have completed our first Ocean Friendly Garden (OFG) for 2011!

The small front courtyard at a local private residence made a major transformation from a water loving tropical garden to a “water-wise” Xeriscape, implementing the principles of CPR; Conservation, Permeability & Retention.

Of water, energy & habitat

Of soil and surfaces lets water slow down and sink

Of rainwater and prevention of wet weather runoff

Designed with aesthetics in mind, the new garden features a unique blend of succulents and ground covers as well as a dry creek bed, recycled plastic rainbarrel, soaker hose and recycled concrete retaining wall.  Huntington Beach Landscape designer/Surfer Mitch Kalamian (OFG’s Executive Committee Leader) was brought in to design the space and supervise the construction of the new garden.  We had some great volunteer help from Eliber Barrios, homeowner – Seth Matson, Gene Rascon and neighborhood grom – Bleu.  Given the small space, the size of the ‘crew’ was a perfect fit as only a few people at a time could work in the OFG garden.

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The day started with all of the materials being delivered.  At first it seemed overwhelming and a daunting task, however the team followed the design drawn up by Mitch and began to construct the walls and level the soil to prevent run-off.  Next came the simple sprinkler system and installation of the rainbarrel, then it was time to lay out the plant material.  Once planted, the finishing touches were the addition of the dry creek bed’s decorative gravel and the soaker hose.

Homeowners Seth & Jennifer Matson were ecstatic with the results, saying “We love our new OFG Surfrider Garden and have had dozens of neighbors stop by to ask about the unique layout and choice of plants.  We have a lot of fun explaining what a Surfrider Ocean Friendly Garden is and showing off its cool rain barrel and California Native succulents/water retaining plants.  We really are trying to be environmentally conscious and the Surfrider Foundation, Mitch, as well as the volunteers, really worked hard to make our dream a reality”.

This OFG was Designed by 2011 OFG Chair Mitch Kalamian

About Mitch Kalamian:
Mitch runs one of the most elite Landscape and Swimming Pool companies in the LA and Orange County areas (Solena Landscape). Solena Landscape is located in Downtown Huntington Beach (Surf City), California

For a new OFG Surfrider Garden Please visit: http://hsbsurfrider.org/programs/ocean-friendly-gardens/

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Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Ocean Friendly Gardens in action

Be a part of the solution, not the pollution”

The largest source of water pollution cannot be traced to any one point — it’s all of us. Pollutants “run off” our streets, neighborhoods and landscapes, wastefully and needlessly fouling our coastal waterways and ocean. But you can take simple steps in your own garden to create beautiful landscapes that capture the eye of your neighbors while capturing the polluted runoff that flows to our local beaches.

Whenever water leaves a property it has the ability to take pollutants with it. Fertilizers, pesticides and oil are easily picked up by the power of water. While this runoff is greatest during rain storms, urban runoff occurs all year round as a result of improper irrigation, washing cars, and hosing down driveways.

Check back soon for updates on OFG.

For more info visit: http://oceanfriendlygardens.blogspot.com/