Water Wise Landscaping Resources

Advice from the Experts

An excellent collection of advice from local gardeners, landscape architects, and homeowners who recently made the switch to water wise plants. Also links to the Water-Wise Landscaping Guide and the Water-Wise Fire-Resistant Landscaping Guide. Provided by the Inland Empire Utilities Agency.

Advice from the Experts Website


Website, administered by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which provides a wealth of information on water conservation programs. The Garden Spot section has a number of resources, including online classes, plant listings, galleries of water wise landscaped homes and more!

BeWaterWise.com Website

California Native Plant Society (CNPS)

Dedicated to protecting California’s native plant heritage by promoting native plant appreciation, research, education, and conservation. Website offers a variety of resources on California native plants.

CNPS Website

Irrigation Association

Represents landscape irrigation designers and contractors, and promotes efficient water usage. Their website includes a search engine for Certified Professionals.

Irrigation Association Website

California Botanical Garden

California Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated exclusively to California’s native plants. The 86-acre garden, located in nearby Claremont, displays 2000 varieties of California native plants. Docents lead tours of the Garden periodically. Guidebooks and brochures are available at the California Garden Shop. Informative classes and demonstrations are held throughout the year. The garden is located at:
1500 N College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: 909-625-8767
CalBG Website

San Bernardino County Stormwater Program - Gardeners

The San Bernardino County Stormwater Program works to protect our local waterways and keep our neighborhoods clean by educating the public about simple ways we can prevent common pollutants from flowing through the storm drain system and emptying into our waterways. One key way to reduce runoff pollution is through smart gardening.

Gardeners Webpage

Sunset Magazine’s Plant Finder

Sunset Magazine’s Plant Finder is an online tool that allows gardeners to search the Sunset Western Garden Book’s top 2,500 plants.

Plant Finder Website

Water Conservation in the Garden

An excellent resource for using water wisely when planting a garden.

Water Conservation in the Garden Website

Water Wise Gardening for the Inland Empire

Looking for landscaping ideas using climate-appropriate plants? Get inspired with the Water Wise Gardening for the Inland Empire website. Created by Western Municipal Water District in partnership with local water agencies. (Note: Watering restrictions at top left of screen apply only to Western Municipal Water District customers.)

Water Wise Gardening for the Inland Empire Website

WaterSense - Outdoors

WaterSense is a Environmental Protection Agency-sponsored partnership program that promotes water efficiency and helps certify water-efficient products, programs, and practices. Need help with your landscaping? You may want to consult their growing list of landscape irrigation professional partners.

WaterSense Website - Outdoors

Waterwise Community Center

A tremendous local resource for water conservation and education. Check out their calendar for upcoming events, and make sure to visit their beautiful (nearby!) Drought-Tolerant Demonstration Garden full of water-efficient plants and landscaping ideas. The center is located at:
4594 San Bernardino Street
Montclair, CA 91763
Phone: 909-626-2711
Conservation District Website