Coastkeeper Garden Hours
Wednesday – Saturday 9 am – 4 pm
Closed on hot, rainy and windy days.
The Garden will be closed on February 22 & 29.
The Garden will be closed on February 22 & 29.
On the second Saturday of every month, the Coastkeeper Garden hosts a plant share event for the local gardening community. This is a great way to avoid paying high prices at garden stores and try new types of plants in your yard. Items for sharing include plants, seeds, pots, planters, fruits, vegetables and anything that another plant lover can use, eat or enjoy. In addition to trading and sharing plants, this group is a wonderful way to get free advice on gardening issues.
Through the SmartScape Program, Coastkeeper is assisting property owners and landscaping contractors in transitioning away from reliance on traditional high water use landscaping. We offer assistance at every step of the transformation process from identifying financial incentives, design and installation and long-term maintenance.
Want to learn how to create your own drought-tolerant paradise?
Workshops begin promptly at 10:00 am in the Garden’s amphitheater. Please wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes. Hats, sunscreen, and drinking water are recommended.
In the event of poor weather, workshops will be canceled. Please email [email protected] for up-to-date information.
Join us on Saturday mornings for a fun and informative workshop. The Coastkeeper Garden workshops highlight gardening practices and current topics relevant to Southern California. Regional experts provide hands-on experience and knowledge for all skill levels. Come spend an hour at our beautiful Garden and go home with inspiration and new skills!
Families are invited to visit the Coastkeeper Garden for a morning of fun. Families will explore the Garden together while discovering the diversity and importance of plants and nature. Workshops are designed to spark creativity and learning and offer families a hands-on opportunity to experience the natural world. Each Family Workshop focuses on a creative theme and features activities, songs, stories and a whole lot of fun!
The Coastkeeper Natural Play Garden is an area within the Coastkeeper Garden where children can enjoy nature in a controlled setting through fun and exploration.
The Natural Play Garden includes:
Work out your green thumb at the Coastkeeper Garden. You can volunteer as an individual or request a group volunteer event.
Coastkeeper seeks volunteers to help out with activities at our garden:
There are opportunities for Scout projects, community service, group volunteer events and more!
Urban landscapes contribute significantly to coastal pollution mainly through inappropriate gardening practices such as overwatering, poor run-off management, and overuse of pesticides and fertilizers. The California Friendly® and native plants featured at the Coastkeeper Garden will require less water, fertilizers, and herbicides than typical landscaping choices.
The Coastkeeper Garden highlights new and improved technologies such as ET controllers, drip irrigation, and alternative turf.
According to the California Urban Water Conservation Council demonstration gardens “increase the public’s awareness of the importance of landscape water use efficiency and inspire them to action.”
Our vision is that Garden visitors will adopt a new gardening culture.
Coastkeeper Garden teaches community members about the importance of individual stewardship in protecting our natural resources. Activities range from field trips for school children to college research projects, drought tolerant landscape demonstrations, and topical workshops.
As Orange County moves closer to build-out, native species of plants, birds, butterflies, and wildlife will be negatively impacted. Local residents will become more disconnected from the natural environment. The Coastkeeper Garden increases public awareness of the importance of preserving our native habitats by representing them in a public garden. It is our hope that garden visitors will encourage their public leaders to utilize public space in order to preserve our natural heritage.
Over sixty percent of Orange County’s water is used for landscaping, including parks, urban lawns and golf courses. As options for increasing imported water supplies dwindle, residents will need to adopt a conservation lifestyle to meet future water needs. Experts agree that outdoor use can be reduced by up to forty percent with proper irrigation technology and drought tolerant plants. The Coastkeeper Garden offers practical landscaping advice on how residents and public agencies can significantly reduce their water use.
Inefficient landscape water use generates urban runoff that pollutes our waterways and coastal areas. Beach postings and closures due to bacterial laden urban runoff have plagued Orange County for years. Visitors to the Coastkeeper Garden learn how their current behaviors could be negatively impacting our coast and corrective actions that can be taken to improve the environment.
The Coastkeeper Garden embodies the spirit of resource protection in its selection of native and California Friendly® plants and in its value as an educational venue.
The overall plant palette includes a California Friendly® mix of native plants and Mediterranean drought tolerant vegetation. The Master Plan features:
Ten educational stations are placed within the native habitats that make up Coastkeeper Garden. Each station displays California Friendly® concepts in a way that emphasizes a specific learning objective. Extensive interpretive signing provides visitors with details on how they can utilize the displayed technologies to protect our water resources and our coastal environment. The educational topics incorporated into the stations are: