The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden received a $2,500 grant from Pacific Gas and Electric Company to support its educational programs and the Fire Safe Garden. The one-acre Fire Safe Garden shows homeowners the best plants and locations to prevent damage from wildfires. The grant will be used to install rope guides around the Fire Safe Garden.
The PG&E grant will also fund youth outdoor science education by providing docent training materials, docent recruitment outreach and children’s programs. The SLO Botanical Garden provides free docent-led tours for school children. Through hikes, gardening, art, music, cooking, live animals and hands-on activities, children discover the relationship between people and plants.
“We were glad to work with Cal Fire on this great asset to our community,” said Debbie Hoover, operations director of the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. “We have all seen the devastating effects of wildfires and want to share what homeowners can do to keep themselves and their property safe.”
The San Luis Botanical Gardens is a registered 501c3 and does not receive any government funding so community support is crucial to maintaining this local gem. Details and more information can be found at slobg.org. The Fire Safe Garden at the SLO Botanical Garden is the largest in the state and is free to the public.