Are you interested in: Educating the public about sustainable landscaping? Getting your hands in the soil? Changing public policy? Then volunteer with us. Also, we have monthly meetings every 3rd Tuesday 6:30pm at Harvest Cafe (175 S Ventura Ave.)

What’s the problem? Urban runoff is the #1 source of ocean pollution. In Ventura, storm drains and farm runoff funnel into the ocean un-treated, polluting our water with motor oil, synthetic fertilizer, and other contaminants during heavy rain. Click here for more info about the causes of pollution.

The solution – home, business and public properties can all help prevent this runoff by turning their space into an Ocean Friendly Garden. OFG gardeners apply “CPR:”

       C – Conservation – Conserve water, energy and wildlife habitat by usingHuber.overhead.6-13-2013 native                and climate appropriate plants.

P – Permeability – Allow air and water to percolate downwards. Healthy soil, mulch, and limited hardscape sponge up water.

R – Retention – Retain water in the ground, not in the streets. Direct rain gutters into low areas in the yard & create curb cuts to capture street flow.


Click on our OFG lawn sign above to head to our national page where you can find our short criteria form (or this form if in a fire zone) and a list of best practices.

Also, check out this list of easy steps on how to make your garden more ocean friendly!


Converting Your Yard


After – Including curb cut









  • Do it yourself – here’s a great design guide created by G3/Green Gardens Group.
  • Materials – coming soon. Contact your city for sources of materials like mulch. In Ventura, you can get it for free at Cornucopia Community Garden.
  • Map of gardens – Check out the map of OFGs here. The map reports include plant lists, designs and more.
  • List of Professionals – If you can’t do it yourself, hire a pro! Those on the list have passed G3/Green Gardens Group’s Core Concepts Workshop exam, which qualifies you to be a watershed evaluator following the OFG criteria.
  • OFG Water-Wise presentation – view slides

Want to learn how to get money for taking out your water-loving lawn?

Find out how through the City of Ventura’s Water Wi$e incentive program!


Rainwater Harvesting Calculator


Ocean Friendly Gardens Resources:

Stay Updated On Chapter Activities – join our Facebook Page.

Volunteer – email for info on upcoming events.

Click here for more info on curb cuts, and here to see them “working” during a rainstorm.

Click here for a video of our most recent curb cut in action!

Click here for landscape design templates that you could adapt to your landscape.

Click here for a list of native plants to use in your fire-ready Ocean Friendly Garden!

Prevent stormwater pollution with Ocean Friendly Gardens

Read our 2017 Clean Water Report to see case studies & a tribute to our National Coordinator, Paul Herzog.