Grand Opening of State‐of‐the‐Art, Water‐Wise Gardens at Howe Park

Sacramento, CA (MPG)  |  By Sacramento Suburban Water District
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The public is invited to the Grand Opening Ceremony and Celebration of the Gardens at Howe Park, the Sacramento region’s newest water‐wise demonstration garden, on Saturday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m. at Howe Park in Sacramento.

The celebration will include a ribbon‐cutting ceremony, guided tours, workshop demonstration on highefficiency sprinklers and free gift bags filled with gardening tools for the first 100 attendees.

“We’re excited to open our newest demonstrations gardens and highlight the variety of ways people can have beautiful landscapes that are river‐friendly and low‐water,” said Greg Bundesen, Sacramento Suburban Water District’s (SSWD) Water Conservation Supervisor.

The Gardens at Howe Park are truly unique in that they showcase four, state‐of‐the‐art, low‐water use demonstration landscapes, including:

  • Sensible Switchover: This garden is designed to represent the layout of most Sacramento-area residential front yards, but features low-water plants and low maintenance solutions perfect for our region’s climate.
  • Wilder Wonders: A wilder, less structured garden filled with color and texture. It’s designed to provide food and shelter for birds, butterflies and bees.
  • Water Works: A working rain garden that shows how plants can take in, filter and hold water in the soil. It’s designed to capture the rain and let it percolate into our groundwater instead of flowing unchecked and unfiltered into our rivers, the Delta and ultimately the Pacific Ocean.
  • Effortless Edibles: This attractive garden features low-water edibles and aromatics, and can provide lots of goodies for your table, and color for your house.

Each of the gardens will feature informational signage that identifies all of the landscape’s waterefficient features and plants used.

SSWD customers helped transform the site during hands‐on workshops on sustainable landscaping techniques taught by EcoLandscape California instructors.

The project is presented in partnership by SSWD, Fulton‐El Camino Recreation and Park District and EcoLandscape California, which served as project manager and provided instruction for hands‐on workshops, and is part of the District’s ongoing commitment to promoting wise water use and investing in the community.

For more information about the Grand Opening celebration for the new Gardens at Howe Park, visit