Free WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Workshop Series Begins in February

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Free WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Workshops
Participants will learn specifics of turf removal and planting water-efficient landscaping

The San Diego County Water Authority is again teaming with the San Diego Botanic Garden and MiraCosta College to sponsor a series of classes about WaterSmart Landscape Makeovers starting Feb. 23. 

Makeover class dates

  • Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Site analysis and turf removal
  • March 2, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Planning, plant selection and design
  • March 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Design coaching session (planting plan)
  • March 23, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Smart irrigation system components and installation
  • April 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Design coaching session (irrigation plan)

The free classes, made possible in part by a grant from the Hans & Margaret Doe Charitable Trust, will be held at the Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas.

The program is designed to supplement the Water Authority’s “A Homeowner’s Guide to a WaterSmart Landscape”by teaching participants essential hands-on steps for removing turf and successfully retrofitting home landscapes to be more water-efficient.

For priority enrollment, applications should be submitted by Friday, Feb. 8 to mkinney@sdbgarden.orgor by fax to (760) 632-0917.  Space is limited and the series will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants must:

  • Own and occupy their home
  • Possess a functional in-ground irrigation system with a controller (timer)
  • Commit to, and have the financial ability to, retrofit one irrigated section of turf to a low-water-use landscape
  • Attend all three workshops and two design coaching sessions
  • Have an email address, internet access and access to a camera(digital preferred)

The application form is at

WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Workshop Series Brochure