California Native Gardens to Bloom in Five Local Cities; First Two in South Gate, Montebello

By City News Service

The Central Basin Municipal Water District is installing demonstration gardens of California native and drought-tolerant plants at South Gate Park and at the Sanchez Adobe in the city of Montebello.

The gardens are the first of five to be funded by a grant awarded to Central Basin by the California Department of Water Resources with revenues generated from Proposition 50, with a base amount of $10,000 for each garden.

The construction of similar gardens will get under way soon in the nearby cities of Cerritos, Cudahy and Whittier.

Central Basin Board Vice President Rudy Montalvo said the garden in South Gate, which is within Division IV that he represents, “helps make the point that you can have a beautiful garden and save water at the same time.”

“We hope that parents and their children will enjoy and learn from the garden for many years to come,” he said.

Once the demonstration gardens are completed, Central Basin and the cities will use them to raise awareness about how planting California native and drought-tolerant plants can result in water and money savings.

“We hope that these projects will be completed by the end of the year. As Southern Californians, we need to be smart about our water usage, and something as simple as changing the landscape can make a big difference,” said Sandi Linares-Plimpton, who is managing the demonstration gardens for Central Basin.

Central Basin is a public agency that wholesales imported water to cities, mutual water companies, investor-owned utilities and private companies in southeast Los Angeles County, serving a population of more than 2 million. Central Basin also provides the region with recycled water for municipal, commercial and industrial uses.

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