WEL Garden History
In 2001 Chuck Ingels, the Sacramento County Farm and Environmental Horticulture Advisor, realized that there was a need to educate the public and landscape professionals about water-thrifty plants and gardens. He sought and obtained grants from the California Department of Water Resources (Water Use Efficiency Program) and the Sacramento County Transient Occupancy Tax.
Between 2002 and 2003, the plans were developed by Quadriga Landscape Architects and Candace Schuncke, landscape designer and Master Gardener, with input from the Sacramento County Master Gardeners. The plan included four gardens: a Mediterranean Climate Courtyard, a Common Variety garden, a Native Garden, and an Asian Meditation Garden, along with a central perennial walk.
In 2003, the Water-Efficient Landscape demonstration garden was added to the existing Fair Oaks Horticulture Center. We broke ground in spring of that year. The hardscape was installed, then the Master Gardeners began preparation for the first three gardens and the perennial walk.