Windsor | Simple and Bee Friendly Garden
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This garden is featured on the Daily Act’s Resilient Homes Tour.
- Bee and Butterfly Friendly.
- Laundry-to-Landscape System.
- Pesticide Free.
Town of Windsor Parks and Recreation Director, Daily Acts Leadership Institute student, Windsor Wellness Partnership Town liaison and Daily Acts supporter, Donna, is making great strides as a leader and an advocate for water conservation and inspiration! Bob (Policy Director for the Russian Riverkeeper) and Donna Legge had a vision of a water-wise oasis at their Windsor Home and didn’t let being renters stop them; with the help of Daily Acts Fee for Service arm the couple was able to get consultations, a design and an installation for their front and back yard garden space. Their homestead now includes a sheet mulched landscape with colorful natives that provide habitat and medicine while being low water use and fed by drip irrigation. Plants at the site include penstemmon, ceanothus, rosemary, pineapple guava and a native grass section for their sweet pug Chloe, and cat River, to enjoy. Since installation the Legge’s have remained active in the community, and even became a site for Daily Acts’ laundry to landscape graywater installation. Their garden space now includes an additional fig tree, lemon tree, and four basins for the graywater to percolate throughout the site.
The Legge’s are a fantastic example of local water conservation at a home scale, and how renters can work with their landlords to accomplish remarkable installations. With city- and state-wide incentives Bob and Donna were able to complete their water-wise garden and graywater installation for a relatively small cost; incentives that most people are also able to take advantage of!
A printable plant list is available to download for this garden.
Town of Windsor: Making Water Conservation a Windsor Way of Life
The recent drought has served to reinforce our understanding that efficient water use and elimination of wasteful practices needs to become a commonplace living style in California. To that end, the state has taken steps to extend the statewide water-waste prohibitions put into effect during the drought until they can be adopted as permanent. These prohibitions will be undergoing a public process to further define and adopt them as statewide law, to be enforced in dry years and wet. Although these prohibitions may be new to many locations in the state, Windsor has had enforceable prohibitions on water waste in effect for almost 20 years.
A list of the statewide prohibitions on water waste are provided below. As in the last few drought years, we are confident that everyone in Windsor will continue to make it a priority to use water wisely, and will maintain the momentum the drought provided to continue to upgrade fixtures and landscapes to lower water-use alternatives. Thank you for your collective actions to reduce water use during the recent drought, and just as importantly, for recognizing the need to make efficient water use and conservation a part of everyday life in Windsor.
Statewide Prohibitions on Water Waste:
- Use of a hose for washing sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots and other hard-surfaced areas.
- Washing a car, boat, trailer, or other equipment with a hose not equipped with a shut-off nozzle.
- Watering landscapes in a manner that causes runoff.
- Watering landscapes during or within 48 hours following rainfall
- Using non-recirculated water in a fountain or other decorative water feature.
We hope that you will join with us in this commitment to conserve and use water efficiently, and that you will find the following water conservation programs, information, and links useful:
- Residential Water Conservation: Find helpful information about indoor and outdoor water saving strategies, rebate incentives for water using appliances, and more.
- Commercial / Business Water Conservation: Information about free business water assessments, water saving equipment incentive programs, and more.
- Recycled Water: Find out how and where the Town uses recycled water to offset our use of potable water.