Cathie Pare adores water-wise gardens. She works for Santa Barbara's water conservation program, and today, she's inspecting a yard that was recently converted from grass to drought-friendly plants.
"There's a little manzanitas in here — the little baby ones," Pare says. "Those are so cute!"
The owners will get reimbursed for half the cost of materials, thanks to a city rebate program that since last July has doled out $190,000.
Pare and a team of two others also visit homes for water checkups to help homeowners program their sprinklers or improve irrigation.