Blog module icon

MMWD Blog: Think Blue Marin

Welcome to our blog! Written by staff at MMWD, “Think Blue Marin” explores all things water in south and central Marin—water supplies, conservation, new projects, watershed management, and more.

Need Help?
For tips on subscribing, searching, and commenting, please visit our blog FAQ page.

Mar 13

Garden Tour Sneak Peek

Posted on March 13, 2019 at 7:54 AM by Sonam Kaur

If rainwater capture is something that interests you, be sure to check out this Terra Linda garden that nicely demonstrates how to take advantage of our wet winter weather. Rather than letting excess water run off the property, water collected on the rooftop is directed into below-ground catch basins within the landscape, which capture and hold rainwater on site. Collecting water in this manner—and letting it spread out and sink into the landscape more slowly—helps mitigate flooding issues, filter out pollutants, and recharges the groundwater supply below. Besides functionality, you’ll notice the added benefit of visual variation that the rocks and Juncus plants provide to the garden. 

The backyard of this property is not to be missed either. Besides more bioswales, it’s anchored by a large oak tree in the rear and is chock-full of colorful salvias, sages, fuscia and yarrow. Raised planter beds offer up bushy crops of veggies and herbs, nicely supplemented by produce from nine citrus and nine fruit trees. Another interesting and important feature is the almost unnoticeable laundry-to-landscape system that helps water a line of citrus trees running along the side of the property, and stems from the clothes washer in the garage. This garden is also proudly pesticide free! 

Don’t forget to register for the Eco-Friendly Garden Tour and get a chance to see this property for yourself! The tour is free and takes place on May 4 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Read more about the tour.

Las Colindas San Rafael BLas Colindas San Rafael A
Mar 11

Volunteers Needed for Garden Tour on May 4, 2019

Posted on March 11, 2019 at 1:19 PM by Sonam Kaur

MMWD is gearing up for our 2019 Eco-Friendly Garden Tour scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and we are looking for volunteers to work half-day shifts greeting and assisting garden visitors.

This free, self-guided tour features gardens designed to protect our local environment and conserve our precious water resources. MMWD is coordinating 11 gardens throughout our service area. We're excited to partner with North Marin Water District and the Sonoma County Water Agency who are coordinating additional gardens in the City of Novato and Sonoma County.  

We are looking for volunteers to staff a shift at gardens in our service area: 
  • Morning shift: 9:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
  • Afternoon shift: 12:45 p.m. -4:30 p.m.
No gardening expertise is needed. Volunteers will receive a free garden tour t-shirt as a small token of our appreciation. 

There is no charge to attend the tour, so be sure to visit the gardens before or after your volunteer shift. We ask that all volunteers complete the online registration process in advance of the tour. 

If you are interested in volunteering or know of someone who might be, please email us or call at 415-945-1520 by Thursday, March 14, and let us know your availability for morning or afternoon shifts. Don't forget to include your t-shirt size! (XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL in men’s or women’s sizing)

Thank you for helping us make the tour a success, and we hope to see you there!
Mar 04

Registration Now Open for Eco-Friendly Garden Tour May 4

Posted on March 4, 2019 at 1:11 PM by Sonam Kaur

Succulent Garden Registration is now open for the 2019 Eco-Friendly Garden Tour, scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Join us for this annual self-guided tour and experience a wide range of beautiful gardens across Sonoma and Marin counties. The best part is that the tour is free!

The tour offers an opportunity to enjoy inspiring landscapes while learning environmentally friendly and sustainable gardening techniques. This event is perfect for anyone who just wants to spend the day enjoying and appreciating delightful gardens, or for those who want to improve their gardening skills. With over 40 gardens throughout Marin and Sonoma Counties, including 11 in MMWD’s service area, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Tour gardens showcase a variety of environmentally friendly gardening practices, including rainwater catchment, graywater systems, California native plants, lawn conversions and edibles. 

Watch this space for sneak previews of featured gardens in the coming weeks. And in the meantime, don’t forget to register.