Southwestern College

The South Bay Botanic Garden is committed to developing and displaying home and garden features that preserve and protect our planet. As you walk around the garden, look for the Sustainable Feature signs that highlight ways in which urban homeowners can reduce their footprint, conserve and recycle, and make our city environments more hospitable to plants, animals, and ourselves.

When you garden or design a new landscape, or when you renovate an existing landscape make sure your remember the 6 principles of sustainable conservation practices:  reduce - repair - recycle - repurpose - refuse - and rethink.  (see the bottom of this page for the definition of each practice)

Here is a list of our sustainable features both displayed and practiced at the South Bay Botanic Garden:

Rainwater Collection and Recycling

Vegetable Gardening

Vertical Wall Gardens


Use of Cacti and Succulents

Use of Ornamental Grasses rather than Lawns

Fruit Trees: Proper Planting, Selection, and Pruning for Small Urban Gardens

Dry Feet Garden and Drip Irrigation

California Native Garden

Water Infiltrating Paths

Roof Top Garden

Ground Cover Demonstration Plots

IPM: Integrated Pest Management - Pesticides used only as a last resort!

OK, here are the definitions of each sustainable conservation practice:

reduce - is it possible to reduce the amount of materials used? This will help to protect valuable resources.

repair - is the product easy to repair? This will extend its life.

recycle - could recycled materials be used, or is the product made from materials that are easy to recycle?

repurpose - could the product have another use? Could its parts be used in other products or projects? 

refuse - this means not accepting items that are not the best option for the environment. For example, is the packaging really needed?

rethink - is there a better way to solve this problem that is less damaging to the environment?

Last updated: 5/26/2014 6:33:15 PM