Water is a critical resource that is not naturally abundant in Southern California. While we import water to meet our needs, it comes at a high cost to the environment and is becoming increasingly expensive. Over 60 percent of residential water use occurs outside of the home, mostly for landscaping. We can change that.

How Orange County Coastkeeper is Helping the Community with SmartScapes

Through the SmartScape Program, Coastkeeper helps property owners and landscaping contractors transition away from high water use landscaping. From identifying financial incentives, design and installation, and long-term maintenance, we offer assistance at every step.

The SmartScape Program promotes resource-efficient landscaping that features drought-tolerant plant design, cutting-edge technology, and sustainable landscape management practices.

Benefits of the SmartScape Program include:

  • Reduce maintenance costs
  • Conserve water
  • Reduce carbon emissions
  • Mitigate stormwater runoff
  • Increase soil carbon sequestration

If you are just starting your landscape conversion, Coastkeeper is ready to help.

Our new SmartScape manual provides all the information you need, including:

  • How to convert your water-thirsty landscape to a beautiful SmartScape
  • How to maintain your new landscape
  • Rebates and incentives you may qualify for
  • A full how-to guide in English and Spanish

We also have the Coastkeeper Garden, a 2.5-acre demonstration garden where you can see SmartScapes for yourself.

Click here to see Orange County Coastkeeper’s SmartScape Project in partnership with Southern California Edison.

Contact Ray Hiemstra at 714-850-1965 x 304 or [email protected] to get started.


Thursday August 16th

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Santa Ana Senior Center

424 W. 3rd Street, Santa Ana 92701

Maintaining Your SmartScape

Maintaining a drought-tolerant SmartScape is different than traditional landscape. For instance, there is often confusion on how and when to weed, water, and trim back your new landscape.

See the Coastkeeper Garden page for information on scheduled landscape maintenance workshops or visit the garden to get hands on information.

Need more help? We have a landscaping help line available. Contact Ray Hiemstra at the Coastkeeper office at 714-850-1965 x 304 or [email protected] and we can address your specific situation.

Landscape Contractors and SmartScape

The growth of drought-tolerant landscapes means that landscape contractors must adapt to new installation and maintenance procedures.

Coastkeeper offers regular training specifically for landscape professionals interested in learning more about SmartScapes. We can arrange a special training for your company at your convenience.

Additional Resources

Planting a Drought Tolerant Plant