Every dog has his day, or hers, as is the case for one very talented Garden Grove canine helping to spread the City’s word about water conservation.
Mickie, a nine-year old Chihuahua mix, stars in the Garden Grove Cable Channel 3-produced short feature film, “One Small Dog, One Big Quest: Mickie’s Search for a Water Smart Garden.” The movie premieres at a free community event on Thursday, August 19, at 7 p.m., in the historical Gem Theater, at 12852 Main St.
The seven-minute “dogumentary” follows Mickie in her hunt for the most beautiful, water-efficient garden in town. Filmed entirely in Garden Grove, the movie, along with its top dog, will be the star attractions at an August 19 event called, “An Evening of Ideas,” presented by the City’s Community Development Department.
“An Evening of Ideas” is a unique opportunity for property owners to learn how to save water and reduce their water bill by creating beautiful, Californiafriendly, water-wise yards.
Experts, including architecture and landscape design professionals, master gardeners, irrigation specialists, and a local homeowner of a water-wise, re-landscaped yard, will offer creative ideas and guidance.
This program is part of a community outreach effort by the City of Garden Grove to promote drought tolerant planting, water saving irrigation systems, and green building, as outlined in the recently adopted General Plan 2030. In 2009, facing a third year of extreme drought conditions, California passed Assembly Bill 1881, that adopted a State Model Water Conservation Ordinance and mandated cities to adopt similar requirements.
In February 2010, the City of Garden Grove implemented a Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance that required large new developments to provide detailed landscape and irrigation plans showing low water usage. While the City’s ordinance focuses on larger developments, the overall ideas apply to all landscapes.
Unlike other Orange County cities, such as Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and Dana Point, that have imposed strict water restrictions on users, Garden Grove remains at a Stage 1, or voluntary water conservation level. With the potential fora fourth-year drought conditions, the City continues to encourage the community to adhere to general water-saving practices, and learn more about the benefits of relandscaped water-wise yards.
To attend the August 19 “Evening of Ideas” community event, please RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (714) 741-5315. Seating is limited. For more information, including a sneak peek of the movie, visit the City of Garden Grove website at www.garden-grove.org.