Garden Tour Shows off Water Conservation, Benefits Shelter

Courtesy photo -- A lawn alternative like this can be both attractive and efficient. View a series of these during the “Now That Your Lawn is Gone” Garden Tour Sunday, May 17.

On Sunday, May 17, Alameda Support Foundation (ASF), together with the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), will be holding the first “Now That Your Lawn Is Gone” Garden Tour. The tour is an opportunity to visit more than 20 homes in Alameda that have removed their traditional front lawns in favor of more climate-friendly alternatives. These include vegetables, stone sculptures, and Mediterranean and native plants. 

There will also be a raffle and plant sale as part of the event. All proceeds from the event will go to supporting the animals at FAAS.

“This event couldn’t be more timely with the drought that California is facing,” said ASF founder Les Hilger. “Gov. Brown has asked all households to reduce water usage by 25 percent and also plans on replacing 50 million square feet of lawn throughout the state as part of this conservation order.”

The tour shows that through good design and careful plant choices anyone can have an attractive front yard while still making responsible water conserving choices.

Pet lovers can support the local shelter while enjoying a tour of beautiful gardens and learning about water-conserving steps anyone can take. Garden lovers can learn about the important work FAAS is doing and the pets currently available for adoption.

Participants will receive a curated list of plants as well as information from StopWaste.org on how to properly sheet mulch lawns. East Bay MUD has rebates available for those who do decide to remove their lawns.

Tickets cost $20 per person and must be purchased in advance at FAAS, 1590 Fortmann Way. 

For more information, call 337-8565 or visit www.alamedaanimalshelter.org.