On Sunday, June 6th, over 25 Surfrider volunteers helped implement San Diego’s first Ocean Friendly Garden during our inaugural GAP (Garden Assistance Program).


The GAP is the final part of a three part series that helps educate our community members on what it means to have an Ocean Friendly Garden and how they can help reduce pollution that comes from our classic landscaping practices. The GAP followed a 3 hour Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class and a Hands on Workshop that highlighted how to incorporate CPR (conservation, permeability, and retention) in their own homes.

We are set to announce our schedule for the next OFG series in San Diego, so stay tuned to the blog for upcoming dates, times, and how to sign up.

Our homeowner, Steve Roeder, who was selected for the GAP from a pool of OFG class members, not only has a beautiful garden at his home, but will serve as a model for the community to check out when installing their own Ocean Friendly Garden. Steve’s garden not only conserves water but also captures all the water coming from rainfall and irrigation. This means he will no longer have runoff that contributes/picks up pollutants and harms our oceans, waves, and beaches.

Check out the step by step installation process that happened on Sunday here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/surfridersandiego/sets/72157624255169186/

There a few last minute touches remaining, so check back for the final pictures of the garden.

We owe a huge thanks to all our volunteer’s who spent their Sunday creating this masterpiece that will help grow our program!!!