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Award-Winning WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Program Holding Free Workshops in October
Water Authority’s classes for homeowners begin Oct. 14
Landscape Design for Homeowners Workshops

Free, three-hour workshops that teach homeowners the basics of how to do a landscape makeover will be held at the following locations this month:

• Oct. 14: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in Escondido

Mitchell Room, Escondido City Hall

201 N. Broadway, Escondido

• Oct. 16: 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Clairemont;

SDG&E Energy Innovation Center

4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego

• Oct. 17: 2-5 p.m. in Escondido;

Mitchell Room, Escondido City Hall

201 N. Broadway, Escondido

• Oct. 20: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Rancho Bernardo;

Rancho Bernardo Library

17110 Bernardo Center Drive, San Diego

• Oct. 21: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in El Cajon;

Helix Water District Operations Center

1233 Vernon Way, El Cajon

• Oct. 24: 6-9 p.m. in Santee;

Padre Dam Municipal Water District offices

9300 Fanita Parkway, Santee

• Oct. 28: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Vista;

Vista Irrigation District offices

1391 Engineer St., Vista

October 05, 2017

The San Diego County Water Authority, in partnership with its member agencies, will hold seven free workshops around the region in October to help homeowners learn the basics of transforming their yards into beautiful and sustainable WaterSmart landscapes. The workshops are led by local landscaping professionals and are part of the Water Authority’s award-winning WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Program. 

During the three-hour Landscape Design for Homeowners Workshops, participants will learn the basic principles of a WaterSmart landscape, including soil amendments, landscape design, turf removal, plant selection, planning, irrigation and rainwater catchment.

Fall is an ideal time to plant in San Diego County, as homeowners can take advantage of winter rains to help establish a new landscape. Homeowners who complete a WaterSmart landscape makeover can reduce their long-term water consumption by a third. 

For people who cannot attend one of the workshops, a step-by-step guide to the WaterSmart landscape retrofit process is available via video on demand. The videos are available at:

For more information about the workshops, and to register, visit For details about other resources for maximizing water efficiency, go to