by Dan Carney
Earlier this month on a drizzly day at the Lake Lagunitas Picnic Area, about 30 Marin Master Gardeners gathered along with MMWD staff to celebrate, swap stories, and enjoy tasty barbecue. (Watch a video of the event here.)
This was the second year running the MMGs gave generously of their time and expertise, assisting people to conserve water in their gardens through the Bay-Friendly Garden Walk Program. This year the number of walks increased 40 percent. They had completed 270 garden walks in the past six months and were ready for lunch!
But that’s not all—the water savings resulting from the program are equally impressive. One year after completing garden walks in 2008, the water savings at these homes averaged 15 percent.
Most of the recommendations MMGs make during the free, onsite visits are simple, no-cost solutions like reducing watering times, fixing leaks, or turning down the water pressure. Some people trade in their old lawn for colorful new native shrubs and grasses that use half the water. One thing that’s true every time—customers love the service they receive.
So to all the dedicated, fun-loving Master Gardeners and conscientious homeowners who participated in walks this year, a great big “Thank You” from MMWD for helping to conserve our precious natural resources!
We look forward to partnering with the Marin Master Gardeners again in 2010.