What will Sierra Madre look like in 2050? The answer depends, in large part, on the landscaping choices we make right now.

The Sierra Madre City Hall Gardens define an authentic landscape aesthetic for the foothills. The lush and leafy gardens deliver year round beauty and save about 75 percent of the water previously used. Featured plants also mitigate fire, retain slopes, and feed wildlife, improving the resilience of both our adjacent wildspaces and the city itself.
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The authentic foothill gardens at Sierra Madre City Hall represent the work of the full community. Thank you to all the residents who participated in everything from the visioning processes to the gardens’ installation!

We would also like to show our gratitude to the following sponsor organizations who donated their visions, funds, materials, and/or expertise to the project.



There are a few predictable impacts of creating a garden authentic to the foothills.  Here is where we intend to make an impact for our community and in your life.

Reduce Operational Costs

We expect to save operational costs, including:

  1. 100 percent of the annual flower budget
  2. 100 percent of the toxic chemical fertilizer budget
  3. 100 percent of the toxic chemical pesticide budget
  4. 100 percent of soil amendment budget
  5. 81 percent of the time spent on maintenance
  6. 75 percent of the funds used for mower petrol
  7. 60-80 percent of the water previously needed
  8. 63 percent of fees associated with garden waste
  9. 15-50 percent of the energy dedicated to climate control

Save Water 

Saving water was the primary goal of eliminating the expanses of lawn and annuals that once filled the space the gardens now occupy.  We expect the lush, leafy gardens to save anywhere from 70-80 percent of the water once used to maintain the area.

Protect Our Cool

Choosing a lush, leafy garden with foliage authentic to the foothills will keep the area surrounding city hall cool and protect established trees.  This not only makes for a more enjoyable outdoor space, it can actually cool city hall buildings as well.

Support You

Public spaces impact home values, particularly park and school spaces. The following not only give you and your family a place to play, wander and enjoy, it can increase your home values!  Here’s why:

  • Beautiful park space increases nearby home values
  • Tree canopies reduce neighborhood heat, attract consumers to business areas, and improve the value of nearby homes
  • The young foliage will appreciate in value as it grows

Provide an Example

While the drought increased California’s focus on saving water, we have needs and goals beyond simple water savings.  We want to protect our area from fires and slides, cool the air naturally where possible, and maintain the beauty of our city.  We intend these gardens to serve as a model for reaching all of those goals with our garden choices.