Whittier Daily News November 21, 2011

Montebello Adobe Gets New Drought Tolerant Garden

Montebello adobe gets new drought tolerant garden

The Central Basin Municipal Water District removed 5,000 square feet of grass and replaced it with water-saving native and drought-tolerant plants at Juan Matias Sanchez Adobe in Montebello. (James Carbone Correspondent)

MONTEBELLO – The Central Basin Municipal Water District has broken ground on a demonstration garden of California native and drought tolerant plants in this city.

The development of the garden has begun at the famed Juan Matias Sanchez Adobe, 946 North Adobe Ave., where 5,000-square-feet of grass is being torn out and replaced with plants that use significantly less water, district spokesman Joseph Legaspi said.

“Central Basin is proud to be partnering with the city of Montebello on this project, said Central Basin Board President Ed Vasquez, who represents Division I, which includes Montebello.

“This makeover will provide an opportunity for families to enjoy the beauty of California Friendly plants and provide significant water savings to the Sanchez Adobe,” he added.

The grant provides a base amount of $10,000 for each of the gardens.

Central Basin has secured grant funding through the Department of Water Resources Prop. 50 grant program to bring demonstration gardens to its local communities they serve, Legaspi said.

“The demonstration gardens will serve as a great opportunity to educate residents on how to incorporate California native and drought tolerant plants into their landscape, as well as the great potential for water and money savings,”
he said.

In addition to the garden at the Sanchez Adobe, construction is well underway at South Gate Park in the city of South Gate, Legaspi said.

The construction of similar gardens will begin soon Whittier, Cerritos
and Cudahy.

All of the gardens are expected to be completed by early 2012, Legaspi said.

In addition to the $10,000 grant from Central Basin, Montebello will also receive a $5,000 grant from the San Gabriel Valley Water Company, which serves
the city.

An additional $5,000 may also be received from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which reimburses the removal of turf at $1 per square foot under its Turf Removal Rebate program, Legaspi said.

Once completed, Central Basin will provide three months of maintenance for each garden.

It will then be the responsibility of each city to maintain their gardens,
Legaspi said.