The City of South El Monte transformed a large space of turf with pine trees into a low-impact, drought tolerant garden. The public garden located at Merced Avenue and Hayward Way, features smart and sustainable landscaping with low water-using irrigation in a harmonizing design and environment. The pine trees were pruned and the area was enhanced with the installation of a granite walkway with plants that soften the walking path, trees, low and high colorful shrubs, succulents, and large decorative rocks.
The City’s demonstration garden was constructed and implemented to educate and motivate the community to retrofit their own landscapes in order to reduce water consumption and runoff; and to help meet SBX7-7 goals of reducing the State’s per capita water consumption by 20% by the year 2020. A grant from the Upper San Gabriel Valley District and the San Gabriel Valley Water Company made this endeavor possible.