For Immediate Release:

The SLO Botanical Garden Celebrates
the Groundbreaking of New Fire Safe Garden

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – The threat of wildfires is always looming in California. On Thursday, October 30, the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden held a ground-breaking ceremony for a one acre Fire Safe Garden to demonstrate plants and planting strategies that resist and slow wildfires. These plants are attractive and water-thrifty, as they come from the five regions of the world with dry-summer mediterranean climates like California’s.

California now requires a 100-foot defensible space around homes near native vegetation subject to wildfires. This defensible space gives firefighters a greater chance to save one’s home. The Fire Safe Garden has been expertly designed with the help of landscape designer David Foote in a layout consistent with Cal Fire.

The Fire Safe Garden will be divided into four zones from the most fire-resistant next to the home, to the natural area farthest away. Signs and brochures will list plants and recommendations for their care to minimize fire dangers.

Many local supporters have contributed to the design and implementation of the Fire Safe Garden. Thank you to Cole Farms Trucking, the County of San Luis Obispo, Howard J. Miossi Charitable Trust, Las Pilitas Resources, LLC., Leonard Lenger, Madrone Landscapes, David Foote, Owen Dell, Morro Bay National Estuary Program, San Luis Obispo County Community Fire Safe Council, Inc., Semmes & Company Builders, Souza Construction, Inc., United Rentals, and William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Numerous volunteers have worked tirelessly to make this demonstration garden possible. Thank you for all the community support! Volunteers are still needed to install plants in the landscape.