The Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening Coalition is working in partnership with many local agencies and organizations to expand Bay-Friendly Programs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The primary goal of Bay-Friendly Programs is to encourage behavior changes that lessen the impact of conventional landscape practices on the local environment by providing home gardeners, landscape professionals, and local governments with the necessary skills to create beautiful, healthy, and sustainable gardens, and landscapes.
Bay-Friendly Home Garden Tour
The Bay-Friendly Coalition, in partnership with local agencies, offers an annual tour of private residential gardens. The host gardens represent the many different styles of Bay-Friendly and demonstrate holistic gardening techniques appropriate for the natural conditions of the San Francisco Bay Area. The tour is self-guided and registration is required to receive a guidebook with garden descriptions and directions. Click here for more information.
Bay-Friendly Nursery Talks for Home Gardeners
Offers beginner and intermediate home gardener tools for creating a beautiful and healthy Bay-Friendly garden educational events hosted at local nurseries. Nursery Talks include valuable design information, hands-on demonstrations, and drawings for garden gifts at the end of each talk. Participants also receive the Bay-Friendly Gardening Guide, a comprehensive reference on the design and day-to-day maintenance of home gardens. Click here for more information.
Bay-Friendly Professional Training & Qualification Program
The Bay-Friendly Training & Qualification program launched in 2007. Since then, it has graduated nearly 900 experienced landscape professionals who are putting sustainable landscaping practices to work every day.
The training program offers two tracks: Maintenance Training for Existing Landscapes and Design Training for New Landscapes. Both provide a comprehensive education in the Bay-Friendly approach and are taught by industry experts in stormwater manage-ment, water conservation and irrigation, plant selection and care, soil health, and more. Click here for more information.
Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes
Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes is a rating system that recognizes excellence in sustainable landscape design, construction and maintenance practices in the San Francisco Bay Area.
This voluntary, third-party verified rating system applies to new construction or major renovations of civic, commercial, institutional and multifamily property landscapes. It provides property owners and landscape professionals with a flexible, systematic framework for creating healthy, environmentally sound landscapes. Click here for more information.