Sierra Madre Elementary School

 Location: Sierra Madre Elementary School
SGVMWD Partners Pasadena Unified School District
Parents Teachers Association
Gardening Club
Theodore Payne Foundation
Student body
Description/Highlights This pilot project was a classic public-private partnership and the largest such project undertaken by the Water District. The high achieving school possessed great leadership, a supportive board of education, a facility manager worthy of sainthood, an active PTA and a very progressive teaching staff. The school is located amidst a residential community and has a park-like ambience. The project removed more than an acre of turf, planted a wide variety of California Native plants, installed decomposed granite walkways, created a rock streambed to channel stormwater and an edible fruit garden. Marker signs identify many of the plant species and a plaque embedded in a granite bolder provide historic and water conservation information to the public. The project was dedicated before hundreds of students, local elected officials, school staff, parents and neighbors.
Completion Date Spring 2011
Funding Grant funding provided by San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District. Various in-kind contributions provided by Pasadena Unified School District. Many tons of stabilized, decomposed granite were donated by Skanska for walkways throughout the grounds.
Featured Vegetation Trees: Western Redbud (Cercis Occidentalis), Catalina Cherry (Prunus Ilicifolia Lyonii), Engelmann Oak (Quercus Engelmannii), Coast Live Oak (Quercus Agrifolia), Arroyo Willow (Salix Lasiolepis), California Bay Laurel (Umbellularia Californica)
  Shrubs: Indian Mallow (Abutilon Palmeri), Ceanothus ‘Concha’, Ceanothus ‘Joyce Coulter’, Ceanothus Papillosus ‘Wheeler’s Canyon’, Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’, Channel Island Bush Poppy (Dendromecon Harfordii), Coast Sunflower (Encelia Californica), Toyon (Heteromeles Arbutifolia), Boast Golden Bush (Isocoma Menziesii), White Sage (Salvia Apiana), Cleaveland Sage (Salvia Clevelandii ‘Compacta’), Purple Sage (Salvia Leucophylla ‘Point Sal’, Salvia Malifera ‘Cara’s Choice’), Hummingbird Sage (Salvia Spathacea)
  Grasses: Idaho Fescue (Festuca Idahoensis), Wire Grass (Juncus Patens), Giant Wild Rye (Leymus Condesatus ‘Canyon Prince’), Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia Rigens)
   Ground Cover: Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium), Carmel Sur Manzanita (Arctostaphylos Edmundsii ‘Little Sur’), Pacific Mist Manzanita (Arctostaphylos ‘Pacific Mist’), Canyon Gray Sagebrush (Artemisia Californica ‘Canyon Gray’), Coyote Brush (Baccharis Pulularis ‘Pigeon Point’), Carmel Ceanothus (Ceanothus Griseus Horizontalis ‘Yankee Point’), Hummingbird Trumpet (Epilobium Canum), California Buckwheat (Eriogonum Fasciculatum ‘Bruce Dickerson’), Gum Plant (Grendilia Stricta), Island Alum Root (Heuchera Maxima)
Helpful Information To learn more about water-wise vegetation suited for your location, visit: California Native Plant Society; Theodore Payne Foundation