Ocean Friendly Gardens
The Ocean Friendly Gardens program (OFG) sees landscapes and streets as solutions to water pollution - and more.
A Simple Approach
OFG standards use this simple approach everywhere possible: contouring landscapes for rainwater retention; creating living soil to sponge up water, filter pollution and sequester carbon; and installing climate-appropriate plants to create wildlife habitat and a sense of place.
The Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) Program is Surfrider Foundation's volunteer-run landscape education, hands-on training and advocacy program. In addition to providing valuable information to property owners on how landscapes and hardscapes can prevent water pollution, Surfrider chapters are using this program to encourage landscape professionals to incorporate the program’s principles into their business practices. Chapters also use the program to motivate local governments to support OFG-oriented policy changes for existing and new development.
For more information or questions:
Mara Dias, Water Quality Manager
Water runoff is the #1 source of ocean pollution in urban areas, contributing to flooding and wasting water that can irrigate landscapes and replenish groundwater.
What Is An Ocean Friendly Garden?
OFGs apply CPR – Conservation, Permeability and Retention – to landscapes, hardscapes and streets. They allow soil to act like a sponge to help restore the helpful functions of watersheds like protecting local water supplies and preventing pollution from reaching the ocean. They also reduce flooding during storm events, pull carbon from the air and into plants and soil, and create wildlife habitat (above is a typical OFG and below is a curb cut flowing into a bio-swale).
OFGs apply what is coming to be known around the country as the watershed approach. The principles are the same: healthy, living soil; retain rainwater; climate-appropriate plants; efficient supplemental irrigation as needed.
You can stay in touch with OFG through our national OFG Facebook page. Please connect or volunteer with one of the Surfrider chapters or student clubs.
Learn More About The Program
To order an Ocean Friendly Garden Sign, please email Mara Dias, firstname.lastname@example.org
Benefits of Ocean Friendly Gardens
Protect your watershed
Discover the importance of Healthy Soil
Comparison of Resources used in OFG vs. Traditional Landscape
Make a DIY Compost Worm Bin
Reroute your downspout to prevent stormwater pollution
Learn about rain gardens
Get involved - locate the Surfrider chapter closest to you
Getting Started with Ocean Friendly Gardens Guide (SoCal)
Informative Videos about Ocean Friendly Gardens
Clean Water Tips Handout - things you can do at home to protect water quality at the beach
Resources for Chapters
Toolkit for Planning an OFG Program & Activities
OFG Best Practices
Harmful Algal Bloom Social Media Toolkit (FL)
Garden Walks - example from West LA/Malibu Chapter
Ways To Get Involved
Join our network and help us tackle the issues that face our ocean, waves and beaches.
Support Surfrider and our network of coastal defenders.
Take action right from your computer by contacting your elected officials.