Project Overview

The CCUH, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have joined forces with the SmartFarm initiative and are partnering with over thirty horticultural professional companies, agencies and private donors to create “SmartLandscape” at UC Davis. The CCUH will expand knowledge of “key” landscape water conservation practices learned from conducting over 35 irrigation management workshops for landscape professionals on this project and will provide educational opportunities for undergraduate students.

The latest available irrigation technology will be employed with the ability to disperse water, measure applied water and to validate landscape water savings.  Additionally, this site will utilize sustainable management practices along with low water-use plants and landscape best management practices. 

Progress of SmartLandscape is well under way with six, cool season turf plots, two warm season turf plots, two turf alternative Kurapia plots, and multiple mixed landscape zones installed. All of these installations utilize various cutting edge irrigation, water sensor technology, and water efficient plant species.  SmartLandscape presents an exciting opportunity for students as the majority of the installations are led and implemented by student intern teams.  Interns are exposed to hands-on-experience, leadership experience, as well as the opportunity to work directly with industry professionals, faculty and staff.

For more information on our student intern teams, and photo documentation of SmartLandscape progress, feel free to peruse the presentation linked below, or explore the individual projects from the side menu. The SmartLandscape initiative will provide a nexus with researchers, industry professionals, agencies, NGO’s and students showcasing landscape water conversation and water use efficiency.

For any questions or inquiries or if you have interest in providing support for the SmartLandscape, please contact:

Dave Fujino:

Project Goals

  • Demonstrate irrigation technology
  • Demonstrate best management practices
  • Measure and monitor landscape water use
  • Demonstrate low water use plant material
  • Provide “hands-on” educational opportunities for students
  • Connect industry professionals with academic researchers & students
  • Conduct science-based research
  • Demonstrate water conserving & efficient landscapes
  • Connect junior college horticultural programs
  • BEFORE: SmartLandscape site at WCAE
    Conceptual Design: July 2019
    Conceptual Design: July 2019
    Smartscape Jan 2020
    PROGRESS: SmartLandscape site at WCAE: January 2020


Campus-based Partners

Campus-Based Partners


Industry Partners

External Industry Partners


Individual Partners

  • Russell Satake
  • Marq & Rachel Truscott
  • Elizabeth Traynham Estate