Water-wise landscape workshops, presentations, and classes

Photo of the Mary Wattis Brown Garden featuring California natives.

Photo of the UC Davis Arboretum’s Mary Wattis Brown Garden featuring California natives.

With water reserves at all-time lows, water rates reaching all-time highs, and severe water rationing on the horizon, we’ve put together a brief, and by no means exhaustive, list of upcoming workshops, presentations, and classes where you can go for help.

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Drought or No Drought: Sustainable Gardening Practices 
- Yolo County

Yolo County Master Gardeners
9:30 -10:30 a.m.| Davis Central Park Garden
LINK TO DIRECTIONS  |  MORE INFO

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Irrigation Class - Yolo County
A one hour principles of irrigation class designed to help the home gardener learn how to save water while enjoying their best garden ever.   Attendees will learn how to select the best irrigation system based on their soil type, geography, landscaping and garden needs.

Yolo County Master Gardeners
9 a.m.-10 a.m.| Grace Garden – Davis United Methodist Church
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Open Garden - Sacramento County
Talk with Master Gardeners. Bring your questions. Master Gardeners will provide tips on how to select water-efficient plants and grow warm-season vegetables. Learn how to manage pests in the orchard and vineyard.

Sacramento County Master Gardeners
9 a.m.- 12 p.m.| Fair Oaks Horticulture Center
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Gardening in the Foothills - El Dorado County
Join Master Gardener and retired meteorologist Steve Savage to learn about gardening in the unique Foothills environment.  Explore plant hardiness zones; effect of light, heat, and terrain on plants; micro-climates; frost formation and protection; and how to make short range forecasts for your garden.

El Dorado County Master Gardeners
9 a.m.- 12 p.m.| Bethell-Delfino Agriculture Building
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Member Appreciation Plant Sale
HIGHLIGHTING: Low-water plants you’ve (probably) never heard of

Shop the area’s largest selection of attractive, low-water, easy-care, region-appropriate plants at the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden spring plant sales including lots of California natives and Arboretum All-Stars!
9 a.m.-1 p.m.| MEMBERS ONLY
(Not a member? Call ahead or join at the door and save! LEARN MORE.)

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Open Garden - Sacramento County
Talk with Master Gardeners. Bring your questions. Master Gardeners will provide tips on how to select water-efficient plants and grow warm-season vegetables. Learn how to manage pests in the orchard and vineyard.

Sacramento County Master Gardeners
9 a.m.- 12 p.m.| Fair Oaks Horticulture Center
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Drip Irrigation - El Dorado County
With summer coming soon, it is very important to preserve our water resources, while protecting the investments in our plants and landscaping. Join Master Gardeners as they discuss the basics of home sprinkler and drip irrigation systems. Learn how to provide your plants with the water they need and reduce your water bill.

El Dorado County Master Gardeners
9 a.m.- 12 p.m.| Veteran’s Memorial Building
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Your Sustainable Backyard: Creating a Living Landscape - UC Davis
As habitat for insects and animals becomes scarce, living landscapes become important places of refuge for wildlife, while at the same time adding biological diversity to cities. Come to this workshop to learn about how to create a living landscape and garden ecologically. Garden enthusiasts, Master Gardeners, and nursery professionals welcome. Workshop cost is $45 which includes a light breakfast, lunch, parking and a special invitation for a tour of the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Garden directly after the workshop.

California Center for Urban Horticulture
7:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.| Med Science Building C, Room 108, UC Davis campus
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO | REGISTER

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Public Plant Sale
HIGHLIGHTING: Low-water plants you’ve (probably) never heard of

Shop the area’s largest selection of attractive, low-water, easy-care, region-appropriate plants at the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden spring plant sales including lots of California natives and Arboretum All-Stars!
9 a.m.-1 p.m.| OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
(Call ahead or become a member at the door and save! LEARN MORE.)

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Landscape Trees and Shrubs - El Dorado County
Join Master Gardener Steve Savage to learn about basic landscaping concepts, how to get started, trees and shrubs that work best in the foothills, and how to bring this altogether to create a pleasing, survivable landscape.  There will be special emphasis on drought tolerant plants including perennials and ground covers.

El Dorado County Master Gardeners
9 a.m.- 12 p.m.| Bethell-Delfino Agriculture Building
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Open Garden - Sacramento County
Plan a mid-week visit to the gardens. Talk with Master Gardeners as they thin grape shoots and orchard fruit. Learn how to prepare raised vegetable beds for summer planting and how herbs enhance a water efficient landscape. Take a mini-tour in the water efficient landscape gardens.

Sacramento County Master Gardeners
9 a.m.- 12 p.m.| Fair Oaks Horticulture Center
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Public Plant Sale
HIGHLIGHTING: Low-water plants you’ve (probably) never heard of

Shop the area’s largest selection of attractive, low-water, easy-care, region-appropriate plants at the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden spring plant sales including lots of California natives and Arboretum All-Stars!
9 a.m.-1 p.m.| OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
(Call ahead or become a member at the door and save!LEARN MORE.)

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Rainwater Harvesting and Greywater Use - El Dorado County
Tap into free water sources that readily available on your own property: rainwater and greywater. You will learn various methods of collecting rain, and creating a rain garden. MG Alice Cantelow tells you how to safely and legally use greywater—the water from your shower and bathroom sinks. Resource and real life examples from our area discussed.

El Dorado County Master Gardeners
9 a.m.- 12 p.m.| Government Center Hearing Room, Building C
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Water Efficient Gardening - El Dorado County
Join Master Gardener and retired meteorologist Steve Savage to explore how water moves in plants; the effects of soils, fertilizing, and mulch; how to water in special situations; when to water; creating hydro-zones; measuring water loss; programming irrigation controllers; conserving water; rain harvesting; and how to design an irrigation plan.

El Dorado County Master Gardeners
9 a.m.- 12 p.m.| Call for location: 530-621-5512
MORE INFO

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Public Plant Sale (CLEARANCE SALE)
HIGHLIGHTING: Low-water plants you’ve (probably) never heard of

Shop the area’s largest selection of attractive, low-water, easy-care, region-appropriate plants at the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden spring plant sales including lots of California natives and Arboretum All-Stars!
9 a.m.-1 p.m.| OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
(Call ahead or become a member at the door and save!LEARN MORE.)

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Open Garden - Sacramento County
Garden Learn how to attract beneficial insects. Orchard activities include fruit tree bud grafting. Watch us thin grapes in the vineyard. Gather irrigation tips and ideas for replacing lawns with water efficient plants. Watch a brief demonstration on straw bale gardening.

Sacramento County Master Gardeners
9 a.m.- 12 p.m.| Fair Oaks Horticulture Center
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO

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3 comments


  • irene.yang @comcast.net

    Please notify me of new posts. I am interested in replacing my lawn with drought tolerant native plants but need it to look respectable in the neighborhood. Greenhaven area.

    January 23, 2014
  • Shelby Hall

    Please notify me of upcoming events.
    I am very grateful of your efforts and research.
    The information is quite valuable in my business as a landscape designer in the Central Valley.
    Than you,
    Shelby Hall

    February 3, 2014
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