As much of California and the West continues to experience worsening drought, prioritizing water conservation is more critical than ever. Fullerton Arboretum Superintendent Greg Dyment says, “Water is an important natural resource in California and should not be wasted. Here at Fullerton Arboretum, we have implemented a water conservation plan, which includes selecting plants for our collection that are suited to our Mediterranean climate and prolonged drought conditions. Our goal is to water very little and keep the plants healthy by not overwatering. We should all be good stewards of our natural resources and water is one of those resources.
Fullerton Arboretum has taken several steps to reduce water usage while still being able to maintain the health of the beautiful garden collections. Here are 6 ways they work to combat dryness:
- Lawn Reduction: Grass lawns have been removed around Oak Hall and Heritage House and replaced with native vegetation.
- Irrigation: High-efficiency sprinkler heads, irrigation valves and automated controllers have been installed throughout the Arboretum.
- Plant collections: Much of the Arboretum is made up of drought-tolerant collections.
- Horticultural techniques: The horticultural team constantly monitors the irrigation equipment for any leaks. They also use compost and mulch, some of which is produced from campus food waste, to retain soil moisture and reduce evaporation.
- Infrastructure: The Arboretum’s waterfall, creek and pond all operate with a recirculating hydrology system. There are also water-efficient bathrooms at the Bacon Pavilion.
- Campus and public education: Arboretum staff educate the public about water conservation through social media, “walks and talks,” school tours, native plant sales, discovery stations, and workshops.
Support Fullerton Arboretum and its water conservation mission by becoming a member, donating, visiting the gardens, or simply volunteering! Learn more about https://fullertonarboretum.org/.