by Dan Carney
Friday, September 18, was a day to remember: 500 Bay-Friendly enthusiasts descended on St. Mary’s Event Center in San Francisco for a romping good time rubbing elbows and sharing stories about compost, soil, water, plants and rain harvesting at the 2nd Bay-Friendly Landscape Conference.
This year’s theme, “Transforming Urban Landscapes to Protect Our Water Resources,” featured keynote speaker Brad Lancaster, an expert in rainwater harvesting and graywater, as well as presentations by dozens of landscape architects, biologists, arborists, gardeners, contractors, designers and manufacturers.
The marketplace was awash with earth-friendly compost tea, native grasses, fantastic books and smart irrigation systems that measure the sun and wind and automatically adjust the amount of water your plants receive.
If you missed the conference but want to learn more about the seven principles of Bay-Friendly landscaping and this growing grassroots movement, I invite you to visit the Bay-Friendly Coalition’s website today at www.bayfriendlycoalition.org.