South Jersey Chapter

Ocean Friendly Gardens Program


We have two Grant Opportunities available this year. Surfrider Foundation South Jersey is looking for two collaborators to develop two Ocean Friendly Gardens in Cape May County. We have $500 each to put toward each garden! An Ocean Friendly Garden applies the principles of Conservation, Permeability, and Retention of water. Use of native plants is encouraged whenever possible. More details about Ocean Friendly Gardens are available at:

We will work with the partners to create an Ocean Friendly Garden in a high-visibility location. The partners must agree to maintain the garden long-term. The garden should present a model of responsible land use to the community, and be used as an educational tool.

Please submit your proposed project by May 7, 2021. We will select two projects by May 22, 2021.

Grant Application – Click Here to Apply

If you have any specific questions please email Bill Stuempfig:


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 runoff and harmful pesticides entering our waterways.

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

Want to learn more or get involved in planting projects? Email Bill, our Ocean Friendly Garden Coordinator at Bill has created Ocean Friendly Gardens at his own home along the Tuckahoe River. 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.


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.


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


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.


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