On Saturday, December 10, GreenTown Los Altos and Acterra partnered on building a new native garden at Los Altos’ Redwood Grove Nature Preserve. Here, Acterra Executive Director Michael Closson, left, watches GreenTown volunteers Kevin O’Reilly and Forrest Linebarger place rocks for a bioswale – a stone drainage course planted with native grasses to slow and absorb stormwater runoff.
Linebarger, an architect and principal of Vox Design Group, developed the landscape plans for the site design, including a rainwater catchment and an interpretive walk with signage. The native garden was designed by GreenTown volunteer Vicki Moore, founder of the Living Classroom, Los Altos School District’s garden-based science program. The design builds on the “Slow It, Spread It, Sink It” principles, endorsed by many water districts in California. Acterra, an environmental non-profit serving Silicon Valley, will maintain the site through its Redwood Grove stewardship program.