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Custom Watering Schedule
For a custom watering schedule tailored to your landscape and our Laguna Beach climate, click on the link to access the
Watering Calculator

The Watering Calculator is a tool that estimates the right amount of water to give your landscape or garden every week. It has been designed to give you a schedule for the maximum amount of water which your plants need each week of the year by using average numbers for weather, plants, and soils within the urban Southern California area. The calculator should be used as a guide only. also contains information on area rebate programs, plant guides, watering index, and a native plant hotline.

Online Gardening Class
Want to garden California friendly-style but don’t know how to begin? This self-guided web tutorial will give you the basics in an easy-to-follow format in just 15 minutes per segment. Topics include landscape design, irrigation systems, planting and maintenance, and plant choices and design for water conservation. Four segments take about 15 minutes each. Visit to access the online class.

FlowersHortense Miller Garden
Hortense Miller Garden, established in 1959, covers two and one half acres of the upper slopes of Boat Canyon in Laguna Beach, California.  The Garden demonstrates the range of plants that can be grown in Southern California coastal zones. It provides a source of visual information and inspiration for visitors planning their own gardens. The use of fertilizers and chemical controls has been limited in the Garden, so as to encourage a diversity of plant and wildlife species.

Our Water - Our World
This website has been developed to assist consumers in managing home and garden pests in a way that helps protect Our Water - Our World. Among other things, this site offers:

  • Assorted fact sheets on specific pests and methods to manage them without using hazardous materials.
  • Pocket guide to managing 10 common pests
  • Information on where to buy safer alternatives to pesticides, including fungicides and herbicides.
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  • An alphabetized list of some (not all) products that are considered 
    safer alternatives to more conventional pesticides.
  • A list of products sorted by the pest it targets.
  • An Ask the Expert feature that allows you to ask a specific 
    question and receive a personal reply.
Local Nurseries
The following nurseries in Orange County sell a variety of native, California friendly, and low-water use plants.

Tree of Life Nursery (all natives)
33201 Ortega Highway 
San Juan Capistrano
(949) 728-0685

Armstrong Nurseries (some native/low water-use)
Newport Beach
1500 East Coast Highway
Newport Beach 
(949) 644-9510

Laguna Niguel
28992 Golden Lantern 
Laguna Niguel
(949) 495-7205

San Juan Capistrano
32382 Del Obispo Street
San Juan Capistrano
(949) 661-6666

Roger’s Gardens (some native and low-water use)
2301 San Joaquin Hills Road
Corona del Mar
(949) 640-5800 or (800) 647-2356

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (all natives)
1500 North College Avenue 
(909) 625-8767

El Nativo Growers (all natives)
Open to the general public only through its Web site:

* This list excerpted from the web site

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