Surfrider Foundation Long Beach Chapter

Ocean Friendly Gardens

Our OFG Program promote conservation of water, energy, and habitat; improve soil and surface permeability; increase water retention, and reduce water and pollution runoff.

What Is An Ocean Friendly Garden?

OFGs apply CPR – Conservation, Permeability and Retention – to landscapes, hardscapes and streets. They allow soil to act like a sponge to help restore the helpful functions of watersheds like protecting local water supplies and preventing pollution from reaching the ocean. They also reduce flooding during storm events, pull carbon from the air and into plants and soil, and create wildlife habitat (above is a typical OFG and below is a curb cut flowing into a bio-swale).

OFGs apply what is coming to be known around the country as the watershed approach. The principles are the same: healthy, living soil; retain rainwater; climate-appropriate plants; efficient supplemental irrigation as needed.

For more information, please email Kai Craig at ofg@longbeach.surfrider.org.