Demonstration garden competed


Project Description

The garden is a community project of the PID Demonstration Garden Ad Hoc Committee, including volunteers Chuck Bell, Ward Habriel and Michael Spiess. Mendon's Nursery and volunteer Kendal Gray have helped with the planning.

The garden is located on a patch of previously unused ground beside the district's parking lot and its corporation yard (6344 Clark Road).

A metal archway, fabricated by students in the Butte College's welding program, greets visitors. Paths of decomposed granite  meander through planting areas and a plaque in memory of former PID Director Doug Flesher is featured.

Planting areas include a focus on erosion control; fire-resistant plants; plants to encourage butterflies, pollinators and birds; and drought-and shade-tolerant native plants.


Spending Recap

Description Expense
Materials $9,293.72
Donated Materials $1,404.22
Donated Cash -$1,451.00
Total Cost $10,697.94
Total Spent $7,842.72

Project Manager

Funding Source

  • PID's Operating Fund
  • Donations

Project Status

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Want to contribute to the garden? Here's how!

You can help make our community's demonstration garden a continued reality with your tax-deductible gift to the project. Funds will be used for future construction and maintenance.

The garden was a favorite project of former PID Director Doug Flesher, who passed away in 2016. Prior to this death, Doug was a hearty proponent of the garden, enthusing often about all that could be learned at the site. 

Community members can make a gift to the project in memory of Flesher - or any friend, or family member.

Checks can be made out to Paradise Irrigation District with a memo for "Buy a Bloom." Mail or drop off checks at 6332 Clark Road, Paradise, CA 95969. For more information call 877-4971.


Benefits to PID and its Customers

Kids and adults are able to wander through the garden and learn more about the best plants for ridge landscaping, water-wise gardening concepts and different ways to efficiently irrigate a ridge garden and yard.

Additionally, water-wise gardening is demonstrated, including examples of low-use irrigation and controller systems as well as Paradise climate zones and information about AquaHawk. PID displays a service meter, pressure regulator and backflow prevention/anti-siphon device.

Anticipated Project Timeline

Concept Approval
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2017 2017-2018 2017-2018 2018 June 2018

Project details updated September 2018

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