March 18 2013 03:17 PM

The City of Malibu, California, is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week to open its new Ocean-Friendly Demonstration Garden in Bluffs Park, right over the coast. The Surfrider Foundation, partnered with the West Basin Municipal Water District and the city, has found a way to recycle rainwater and improve the community.

A key benefit to an ocean-friendly garden is that it traps rainwater and uses water-efficient irrigation systems to provide for plant life. This system will help conserve water and reduce polluted runoff. The garden will also lower pesticide use and create natural habitats for native wildlife, such as birds and butterflies.

“The new garden will show residents that ocean-friendly gardens are nice-looking, water efficient and something they can incorporate in their own homes to reduce water use and costs,” said West Basin Director Edward C. Little.

 “This garden is one of many ways the City of Malibu continues to deliver on its commitment to environmental stewardship, specifically our ongoing quest to protect ocean water quality,” said Mayor Lou La Monte.

The demonstration garden was funded through a Proposition 50 grant from the California Department of Water Resources with other contributions from the City of Malibu, West Basin Municipal Water District, Los Angeles County Waterworks District 29 and the Metropolitan Water District. In addition, the community gave its generous support of materials and services.