South Jersey Chapter

Ocean Friendly Gardens Program

OCEAN FRIENDLY GARDENS

Want to have a positive impact on the ocean? Start in your yard! By employing the techniques of Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Gardens Program you can reduce the amount of wasteful water runoff, pollution and harmful pesticides entering our waterways.

Ocean Friendly Gardens promotes the principles of conservation, permeability, and retention (CPR) to revive our watersheds and oceans. It mimics nature and provides multiple benefits.

Each garden and rain barrel helps to get the water into the ground, to be naturally filtered and slowed, and not run directly into the river. Native plants are installed to absorb the water that is captured.

Want to learn more or get involved in planting projects? Email Bill Stuempfig, our Ocean Friendly Garden Coordinator at ofg@southjersey.surfrider.org. Bill has created an Ocean Friendly Garden (OFG) at his own home along the Tuckahoe River. We have 2 OFGs at local schools and many rain barrels installed with residents throughout South Jersey!

Below are pictures of their OFG with native plants and our chapter’s video they created on “How to Build a Rain Barrel.” 

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The perennial garden is made of all native plants including bayberry, tickseed, cardinal flower, milkweed, coreopsis, joe pye weed, blueberry, ageratum, aster, salvia, partridge pea, daisy, and hyssop.


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Watering the garden with stormwater, roof runoff, that was harvested in a rain barrel seen in the background.


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The bog garden is in a low area that takes the rain barrel overflow. Bog species are from the pine barrens, some are carnivorous pitcher plants.


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These plants provide habitat and food for insects and birds, and have attracted many species of butterflies.