Project Photos

“Although a variety of plant species can be used on a landfill surface, native plants are recommended … Native plants found in the surrounding natural areas will have the most chance of success, require the least maintenance, and are the most cost-effective in the long term. Ideally, revegetation of a site will create natural conditions that encourage re-population by native animal species that are consistent with the surrounding land. … [L]ocal wildlife, such as birds, may aid in the dispersion of appropriate plant species and in the overall revegetation of the site.”

— Revegetating Landfills and Waste Containment Areas Fact Sheet; United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2006

The site of this demonstration garden is a covered landfill, and because of this no irrigation system, trenched or above ground, is possible. So the native plant installations have been, and will be, selected with an eye to them being as drought-adapted and “bullet proof” as possible. Once established, these plants will require either very little volunteer hand watering or no supplemental watering at all.

Sept 1, 2020. First installation, Engelmann Oaks.
New native trees planted amid 2020’s pandemic.
Graveling paths to new Western Garden.
First boulders delivered (let’s rock).
First benches added. Have a seat and look at …
… a spring-flowering Western Redbud tree!
Bee-friendly Cleveland Sage.
Kiosk entering Pollinator Garden from parking area.
Perpetual pollinator party.
Large Carpenter Bees visit White Sage.
Interpretive panels in three beautiful kiosks.
So many textures and colors being added.
Building habitat for Western Bluebirds and more.
Adding more interpretive signage.
Scheduled volunteer ‘work parties’ get it done.
Native Flannelbush is a splashy “showstopper”!
Eye-catching Sunset Manzanita.
College bound students earn volunteer credits.

Much more work to be done, making a beautiful space even more beautiful. If you’d like to be part of this and other projects, please contact Paradise Gardeners.

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