Sweet Water Wise Walking Tour, Sat Oct 1, 2016, 3:00-6:00 PM


We are having another Sweet Water Wise Walking Tour, this time on the Lower Riviera/Eastside on Saturday October 1, 2016, from 3:00-6:00 PM. Water-wise features include rain gardens, Slimline raintanks, a laundry greywater system, sheet mulching, a branched drain greywater system, a series of large rain tanks, and native plant guilds.   We'll also see water wise garden beds, drought tolerant terraced gardens, and a flagstone patio and paths.  At our final stop on the tour, we'll enjoy a wine and cheese while relaxing in the landscape.

tank overflow to a terraced garden just planted native garden flagstone path crosses our creek bed


This tour will take you into the homes and gardens of residences with cutting edge water wise features and systems.  We will be walking just over a mile altogether over the course of the three hours- Google has estimated the total walk to take about half an hour. We will stop at six properties along the route; ten minutes is the longest stretch between sites. We have planned the tour to allow even more time for walking than the Google estimate, so no one feels rushed. Some of the walking will be uphill. 


At about 4:30, we will have a rest stop and a temporary shift to cars for those who are having trouble keeping up, before we climb the steepest hill of the tour.

Please wear good walking shoes. We also encourage you to bring a hat, sunscreen, and a water bottle that you can carry easily, for your comfort.  There will be restroom access at most of the sites

Tickets can be purchased at the following prices:

Individual        - $15          

Couple             - $25          

Student/Youth (18 or under) - $10           


Click on the "Donate" button on the left sidebar on any page of our website to pay by Paypal, or send a check to:

Sweetwater Collaborative, PO Box 134, Santa Barbara, CA, 93102.

Please include your name(s) and an email address when mailing a check. 

You will receive an email confirmation of your payment and some additional information about the tour, including starting address.  Please arrive promptly, as we have a lot of wonderful projects to see!


$2 per person per event will be added to tickets purchased online the day of the tour, at the tour itself or ticket request received in the mail in the 24 hours before the start of the tour. 

Looking forward to sharing our good work with the community! See you there!


 Volunteers needed for our Walking tour--support the Sweetwater community and earn barn raising hours for a project at your home.

We need people to check in attendees, keep the group on track from house to house, help serve at our wine and cheese, clean up, and more.  Please contact Barbara Wishingrad at bwishingrad@gmail.com or 805-403-4566 to sign up.  We appreciate your willingness to serve.  We'll have fun!

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