In October 2009, Daily Acts partnered with the City of Petaluma, Petaluma Bounty, Rebuilding Together Petaluma and 230 community volunteers to transform water-intensive turf around Petaluma City Hall into a dynamic, water-harvesting model site – complete with community gardens, native and edible plants, rainwater catchment and a bioswale.
The water-wise landscape provides both food and habitat while also demonstrating innovative water-saving techniques. As part of the project, volunteers sheet mulched 25,000 square feet of turf, resulting in a savings of 3.5 million gallons of water per year. Irrigation and maintenance costs were slashed by $25,000 per year and by mobilizing volunteers to complete the work, $60,000 in installation costs were avoided. Other benefits realized as part of the project include a reduction on pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers on site.
Since the initial work was completed in 2009, Daily Acts has hosted numerous community workshops and workdays at City Hall and has utilized the many water-saving features of the site as opportunities to teach people about watershed health and water conservation.
In the fall of 2013, Daily Acts hosted a Rain Garden Installation workshop at City Hall and volunteers installed a rain garden that will slow, sink and spread overflow from the rainwater catchment system that was installed as part of the original project in 2009.
A printable plant list is available to download for this garden.