Downtown Water-Wise Demonstration Garden
The City owns two vacant lots on the corner of Texas and Taylor Streets. The City's Green Team is spearheading a downtown beautification project which will be a water-wise demonstration garden to help educate residents on sustainable landscaping design, planting, and irrigation. The project will be built with help from community volunteers and in partnership with local organizations.
We've added a website where you can see photos of the project. Watch the site take shape: http://downtowndemonstrationgarden.shutterfly.com/
Downtown Lot Project (updated March 4, 2011)
We are going to modify the schedule to allow for a fall planting. Shifting the planting from spring to fall will allow us to work with our new partners, Solano County Water Agency and Toro Sprinklers. We would also like to see if we can include public art and possible donations of recycled construction materials for use on the site.
Solano County Water Agency (SCWA) has provided their landscape architect, Dennis Grundstad, to assist us to finalize the irrigation and planting plan. Dennis lives in Fairfield. He has created and maintained many water conservation gardens and worked with SCWA to design and install a water conservation garden for Discovery Kingdom. He is the owner of Grundstad Landscape, a local owned and family operated landscape business. Dennis is a fabulous resource for the project and we are excited to have him on board.
November /December 2010
Preliminary Design and cost estimate - Thanks to HLA landscape design
Lot cleared and finish grading - Thanks to Anselmo Services
Soils test - Thanks to SRCD
Roundup weed control - Thanks SRCD
Water line marked and backflow preventer installed - Thanks to the Public Works Department
Finish irrigation design & materials list
Finish planting plan & materials list
Secure donations & more community connections
Work on other item elements of design:
Courtyard - spread decomposed granite
Back area with mulch & possible public art/garden art
Native Plants and waterwise gardening workshops
Early Fall 2011
Final touches, adjustments, replanting
Late Fall/Early Winter 2011
Partnerships with downtown water-wise demonstration garden's include: Solano Resource Conservation District, Solano County Water Agency, Solano County Master Gardeners, Fairfield Visual Arts Association, Geranium City Garden Club, Matt Garcia Foundation, California Native Plants Association, Fairfield Main Street Association, and the Fairfield Main Street Association. Generous donations from Anselmo Construction and HLA Group assisted with the workshops and the preliminary design.
Want to get involved?
Download the Volunteer Information Sheet and send us your contact information.
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For more information, please contact Esther Blanco at 707.428.7528.
Please note these two lots are currently on the market and will be sold by the Fairfield Redevelopment Agency.