MWD Launches California Friendly Plants Campaign

By on November 24, 2020

Just in time for fall planting season, Metropolitan Water District today launched a new campaign featuring whimsical, animated plant characters who bring to life the joy and water-saving benefits California Friendly® plants can deliver to gardens and landscapes.

The colorful “We’re California Friendly® Plants” campaign depicts the characters singing, planting tiny versions of themselves, launching fireworks that explode into California native flowers, and celebrating all the water-wise plants have to offer. California Friendly plants are well adapted to Southern California’s semi-arid climate, water-efficient and attract wildlife like birds, bees and butterflies.

“People are spending a lot of time at home these days thinking about how they can make their homes a little brighter. California Friendly plants are a great way to do that, and save water at the same time,” Metropolitan External Affairs Manager Susan Sims said. “This campaign provides a fresh, fun take that will reach audiences across the region and remind them of the many reasons to swap their lawns for more sustainable landscapes.”

Created entirely in-house, from concept development, to animation and production, the campaign will be promoted in digital advertising on YouTube and on Metropolitan’s social media platforms through the end of the year. The characters also appear on, Metropolitan’s online conservation hub, which provides comprehensive how-to information and inspiration for planting California Friendly, including classes, rebates and planting guides.

Metropolitan helps Southern California conserve through its rebate programs, support of smarter plumbing and building codes, and education initiatives that reduce regional water demands to ensure greater supply reliability for the region.