California State University (CSU) San Bernardino Breaks Ground on the “Demonstration Garden”

Posted on Jun 04, 2011 | by ge2info

On June 4th California State University San Bernardino broke ground on a “Demonstration Garden” designed by David Neault Associates, Inc. (DNA).  DNA worked closely with San Bernardino Municipal Water District (also the largest donor), Water Resource Institute, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, and the CSUSB Landscape Maintenance department to design a demonstration garden that displays California Friendly Plant Material, California Native Plants, viable lawn substitutes, and low water use irrigation equipment.  Additionally, the garden is designed to illustrate best practices for storm water treatment, water basin recharge and water filtration.

The garden has a meandering porous pavement path that follows a bio-swale from one end of the garden to the other; dropping a total of 11′ in elevation while traveling through the 7 different theme gardens.  The path begins and ends with large outdoor “Classrooms” designed to provide places of learning for student and public groups.

The garden features a variety of plant material arranged in themed gardens that include Desert Plants, Mediterranean, grasses, California Natives, and Fragrant plants; all of which are drought tolerant and California Friendly.  There are study nodes scattered throughout the garden which include lap top and WiFi connections for students to be able to study in a friendly outdoor environment.

Demonstration garden design team

Shane Preston DNA, Inc.
Project Lead Designer, Construction Documents

Bryan Love DNA, Inc.
Project Manager, Construction Documents

Bart O’Brien Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Native Plant Consulting (donation in kind)

Paul Haaland Fuscoe Engineering
Grading and Drainage

Yasser Salem Total Engineering Services
Structural Engineer

Kenny Perez Nate Mullins Visual Concepts LLC
Lighting Engineer