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

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Drought - Napa
Truths or myths:  Understanding the implications of drought in California, irrigation and strategies for low water use in a sustainable yard. We will also cover low water use landscaping plant resources.

Napa County Master Gardeners
9:30-11:30 a.m.| UCCE Meeting Room
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO
REGISTRATION | $5 per person

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Irrigation Updating & Drought Modifications - Napa
At this workshop you will learn how to modify your current irrigation system to make it more efficient and effective. There will be demonstrations and hands-on about irrigation controllers, sprinklers, drip systems, rain water capture and grey water systems. For hands-on segment, with drip irrigation, we suggest you bring garden gloves to protect your finders and a pair of scissors or garden shears.

Napa County Master Gardeners
9:30-11:30 a.m.| UCCE Meeting Room
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO
REGISTRATION | $5 per person

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Irrigation Systems, Controllers and Watering Schedules - Davis
This class will review different types of irrigation systems and which systems work best for different types of landscapes. UCD Grounds Supervisor Matt Forrest and City Irrigation Supervisor Mike Winger will talk about programming different stations, run times and how to determine your irrigation output and set a watering schedule.

City of Davis
6:30 p.m.| Veteran’s Memorial Center (Game Room)
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Dealing with Drought and Drought Tolerant Plants - Napa
Learn about drought and what to do now to help your garden survive on very little water. Also learn about what to do now to help your garden survive on very little water. Also learn about what kinds of plants do best with minimal water.

Napa County Master Gardeners
2-4 p.m.| Napa Library Community Room
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO
FREE  | Registration Required

Sunday,  June 14, 2015
Dealing with Drought and Drought Tolerant Plants - Yountville
This is a repeat of the June 6 workshop in Napa.
Truths or myths: Understanding the implications of drought in California, irrigation tips and strategies for low water use in a sustainable yard. We will also cover low water use landscaping plant resources.

Napa County Master Gardeners
2-4 p.m.| Yountville Community Center
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO
REGISTRATION: To register for this workshop contact the Parks an Recreation Department at (707) 944-8712 or visit their website.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Open Garden at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center - Fair Oaks
Talk with Master Gardeners. Enjoy summer blooming water efficient plants. We’ll harvest berries and be summer pruning in the orchard. In the vegetable garden, learn to attract beneficial insects and pollinators. See how we manage pests in the vegetable garden and watch a brief demonstration on soil solarization to help reduce pests.

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

Sunday, June 21, 2015
Yolo County Master Gardeners at the Davis Library - Davis
Talk to Yolo County Master Gardeners about succulents, worm composting, and tuning up your irrigation for summer.

Yolo County Master Gardeners
2-4 p.m.| Yolo County Library
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Plant Selection and Drought-Tolerant Landscaping - Davis
UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden Nursery Manager Taylor Lewis will talk about the benefits of drought tolerant landscaping. Learn about proper plant selection, the UC Davis Arboretum All Stars and California native plants.

City of Davis
6:30 p.m.| Veteran’s Memorial Center (Game Room)
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Grey Water Systems - Davis
Are you curious about grey water systems? Then this is the workshop for you! This workshop will explore different types of grey water systems that you can install to conserve water. Join Chief Building Official Greg Mahoney and local grey water experts for this unique opportunity to learn about recycling water.

City of Davis
6:30 p.m.| Veteran’s Memorial Center (Game Room)
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Large Scale Impacts of Drought - Davis
We all know that droughts mean less water at home, but how do droughts impact wildlife and their habitats? What’s being done? City Wildlife Specialist John McNerney will present a wider view of the California drought and its effects on wildlife and the ecosystem as a whole.

City of Davis
6:30 p.m.| Veteran’s Memorial Center (Game Room)
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Taking Care of Your Trees in a Drought - Davis
Trees provide many long-term benefits, including shading our homes and reducing energy costs, providing beauty, and more. Although we all need to reduce irrigation and start switching to drought tolerant landscaping, it’s important to remember that trees still need care and water during the drought to stay alive. City Urban Forest Manager Rob Cain will lead this workshop on caring for your trees during the drought, looking for signs of distress and various watering techniques to help our urban forest get through this drought.

City of Davis
6:30 p.m.| Veteran’s Memorial Center (Game Room)
LINK TO DIRECTIONS MORE INFO

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Open Garden at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center - Fair Oaks
Talk with Master Gardeners; ask questions, get advice, take notes. Get information on pruning cane berries. Find out how to convert a lawn to water-efficient plants. Learn how to build healthy soil with cover crops and compost. Get tips on planting cool season vegetables.

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

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Open Garden at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center - Fair Oaks
This is a mid-week opportunity to talk with Master Gardeners. Learn about frost protection for citrus. Watch how to prune herbs. In the vegetable garden see how cool season vegetables are progressing and get tips on succession planting. Watch us plant hardy succulents and bulbs in the water efficient gardens.

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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