Sustainable Education Garden

Upcoming Sustainable Education Garden Workshop:

The Nexus Between Water Efficiency and Storm Water: Success and Lessons Learned at City Hall

Eco Friendly Garden Tour

Wednesday, May 23 from  9am to 11am – A free workshop for Landscape and Storm Water Industry Professionals

The City of Santa Rosa is excited to announce a free workshop for landscape and stormwater industry professionals at the City’s new Sustainable Education Garden at City Hall. “The Nexus Between Water Efficiency and Storm Water: Success and Lessons Learned at City Hall” will take place on May 23, 2018, from 9am-11am.

Join Heaven Moore (Project Supervising Engineer, Storm Water, and Creeks) and Deb Lane (Project Manager, Water-Use Efficiency) as they discuss and show how landscapes can provide both stormwater quality and water supply benefits, and share some successes and challenges. More information...



The Transformation of the City Hall Sustainable Education Garden

The City Hall lawn and landscape has been transformed into a beautiful and functional demonstration garden and community gathering area. The garden was designed using holistic water-use efficiency and storm water best management practices. The garden features:

  • Drought tolerant, low water-use plants including California Natives which will meet the City's Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (PDF).
  • Russian-River Friendly Landscaping Best Practices that work in harmony with the natural conditions of the Russian River Watershed.
  • Bioswales and bioretention to capture and naturally clean storm water runoff onsite as explained in the Storm Water Low Impact Technical Design Manual (PDF).
  • Rainwater harvesting.
  • Community gathering area that will also be used as an outdoor classroom.
  • Informational displays and interpretive signage.         

Project Renderings

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Project Information


A draft design was created as a result of a stakeholder workshop that included members of the public and the design community, along with the help of the project landscape architect and City staff. These initial design renderings were provided for public comment via this website. The comments received were taken into consideration by the design team to create the final design (links above). The design includes: rainwater harvesting, signage, storm water features and a community gathering area that are required as part of the grant awarded by the State Water Resources Control Board.

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For additional information, please contact the Project Manager Deb Lane by email or call 707-543-4506


Funding for this project is largely provided by the State Water Resources Control Board.