useful links and publications


Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program:
Repairing Creekbank Erosion
Native Plant Information

CA Native Plant Link Exchange:
This website will help you select locally appropriate native plants for any location in the state, and find out who sells them.

Ecology Center Berkeley:

Bay Friendly Landscaping and Gardening:
Mulch Matters!
Bay-Friendly Landscaping Guide to Mulch


Gardening and Permaculture:

Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual, Bill Mollison, 1988

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, Toby Hemenway, 2000

Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability, David Holmgren, 2002

Bay Friendly Gardening, 2nd Edition, StopWaste.org, Jan. 2008

Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates, Robert Kourik, 2009

How to Grow More Vegetables, John Jeavins, revised 1995

Water Catchment, Greywater and Watershed Restoration:

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond: Vol. 2, Brad Lancaster, 2008

Rainwater Harvesting: Planning & Installation, Texas A&M, 2008

Rainwater Collection for the Mechanically Challenged, Suzy Banks & Richard Heinichen, 1997

Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers and Ponds, Art Ludwig, 2005

Create an Oasis with Greywater, Art Ludwig, 1991

Branched Drain Greywater Systems, Art Ludwig

How You Can Help Improve Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout Habitat, MMWD, revised 2007

Native Plants:

California Native Plants for the Garden, Carol Borenstein, David Fross & Bart O’Brien, 2005

Designing California Native Gardens, Glen Keator & Alrie Middlebrook, 2007

Western Garden Book, Sunset, 2001

Native Gardens for Dry Climates, Sally Wasowski & Andy Wasowski, 1995

Plants & Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates of the San Francisco Bay Region, EBMUD, 2004


“A few of the things we most appreciate about Ellen's patient work with us are:
• Expertise in materials
• Expanded sense of possibilities
• Good sub-contractor network
• High level of green awareness
• Excellent communication throughout the project ”

— BECCA, Berkeley CA

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