Watershed-Wise Landscapes

If we want Marin County landscapes that are truly resilient to the effects of a changing climate, then we need to go beyond sustainable and water-wise principles to begin managing each property as though it were a mini-watershed. By paying attention to the design of the garden, building soil and keeping rain on our properties, selecting climate-appropriate plants and managing supplemental irrigation, we transform our landscapes into abundant watershed-wise enhancements to our properties and neighborhoods.

MMWD’s “Watershed Approach to Landscaping” handbook provides examples of inspirational gardens that conserve our valuable natural resources and create a diverse habitat of plants and insects. It contains more than 110 water-wise plants, landscape design tips, gardening how-to, local nurseries and other resources for MMWD customers.

Learn more about the Watershed Approach with this brief overview.

The handbook is also available at local libraries, or drop by our customer service counter at 220 Nellen Avenue in Corte Madera to request a free copy.

*NEW!* Watershed Approach to Landscaping Classes


Starting this fall the College of Marin is offering a new series of weekend classes for home gardeners based on MMWD’s "Watershed Approach to Landscaping" handbook. The classes will be Saturday mornings, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., October 26 – December 7, and can be taken individually or as a complete series. For more information, see the College of Marin’s Fall 2019 Community Education catalog, pages 13-14.

Watershed Approach to Landscaping Click the image above to download your copy.