Located at the Contra Costa Water District Center Office, the Bette Boatmun Conservation Garden is a living example of ways to beautifully save water and still have diversified and colorful landscaping.
Completed in 1991, CCWD's water efficient District Center Garden is one of 78 Demonstration Gardens in California recognized by the Water Education Foundation, the Bureau of Reclamation and the California Urban Water Conservation Council.
It is designed to show homeowners and businesses that by planting wisely, they can continue to have a beautiful landscape that uses very little water.
Landscape Architect Donna Breedlove originally designed the garden, but it has evolved since then. There are now 50 different species of plants in the garden ranging from shrubs like the "Pride of Madera" and "asparagus ferns" to fruit trees ranging from loquat, pineapple guava, figs and pomegranate.
A path winds through the garden of natives, exotic shrubs and perennials. Plants were selected for their suitability to the local climate, soil and for their low maintenance.
The garden is about an acre in size, and uses about half the water of the expansive lawn it replaces and doesn't need to be mowed every week!
The garden was named after longtime Director Bette Boatmun in 2014. She first joined the Board in 1974 and continues to serve. She is the longest-serving member of the board.
Director Boatmun has been a trailblazer for women in leadership positions in water agencies. She served as president of the Contra Costa Water District from 1990 to 1992 and president of the Association of California Water Agencies from 2002 to 2004.