Demonstration Gardens

Visit the Goleta Water District Demonstration Gardens To help customers create beautiful gardens that also conserve water, we offer our attractive Demonstration Gardens on the grounds of the Goleta Water District Office at: 4699 Hollister Avenue, Goleta (across from San Marcos High School).

The plants in the garden are grouped according to water use in a series of "rooms" including: Perennial Border, Mediterranean Garden, Exotic Garden, Traditional Garden, Southern California Native Garden, Desert Garden, and Edible Garden.

Information about the Demonstration Gardens is available at the front desk during regular business hours.

One Secret Is Choosing the Right Plants You can have a beautiful garden and still conserve water. The secret is choosing the right kinds of plants, which are waterwise and sometimes native and even edible. Check out our garden for ideas.

Planning Wisely Makes a Difference To help you plan your garden, you may want to check out the District’s attractive waterwise demonstration garden on the grounds of the District Office at 4699 Hollister Ave., Goleta, across from San Marcos High School.

Variety of Options The Demonstration Gardens display a variety of water-conserving landscaping options with groupings of plants that are compatible, express numerous styles, and grow well here. To see a list of other demonstration gardens throughout Santa Barbara County click here.

Irrigation Methods Are Also Important Efficient irrigation systems save water. Drip and low-profile sprinklers are demonstrated. Go to for more information on Smart Irrigation Technology.

Healthy Soil Management The Goleta Water District uses no chemicals or pesticides on our demonstration gardens. Click here to learn more.

The garden is open free to the public during regular business hours.

Other Demonstration Gardens

Public demonstration gardens throughout Santa Barbara County provide living examples of resource efficient landscaping. Visit a garden in your area for an afternoon outdoors.

Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden City block bounded by Arrellaga, Santa Barbara, Garden and Micheltorena Streets, Santa Barbara. Self-guided tour only. This 4.6 acre informal park emphasizes exotic flora. The planting areas are separated according to cultural conditions, ranging from boggy to arid, with a section of low-water using plants. A plant directory is near the center of the park, above the pond. Open 8:00 a.m. to sunset every day. Free.

Firescape 2411 Stanwood Drive/Route 192 (corner of Mission Ridge Road), Santa Barbara, For information, call (805) 564-5703. Located across the street from Fire Station #7, this 1.7 acre labeled model garden demonstrates how risks of wildfire can be reduced through firescaping - appropriate planting, irrigation, and management. Open 8:00 a.m. to sunset every day. Free.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara - A 65-acre garden of native plants of California, representing a variety of plant communities and important botanical and horticultural collections. The Home Demonstration Garden is a working model of year-round drought-tolerant landscaping for residential settings. The Garden Growers’ Nursery sells native and Mediterranean plants every day except Monday and Wednesday. Numerous classes on drought-tolerant planting and landscaping. Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and until 5:00 p.m. on weekends. Small admission fee. To arrange a tour, call (805) 682-4726.

Santa Barbara City College Garden/Chumash Point Ethnobotanic Preserve 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara. The Lifescape Garden features a variety of low water using and edible plants, as well as composting systems and efficient irrigation. Chumash Point emphasizes native plants from the range of the Chumash Indians. These plants have medicinal, nutritional and spiritual importance to the Chumash. Open sunrise to sunset every day. Free. To arrange a tour, call (805) 965-0581.

Additional Resources:
  • For regional water conservation information, go to
  • For statewide water conservation information, go to Save Our Water.
  • To read more about District water supply planning, click here.
  • Contact us by email at Turn on Javascript! or call the District at 805-964-6761.