Free WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Workshop Series Begins in May

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Free WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Workshop Series Begins
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 May 18.

Makeover class dates

  • May 18, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Site analysis and turf removal
  • June 1, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Planning, plant selection and design
  • June 8, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Smart irrigation system components and installation
  • June 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Design Coaching Session (Free consultations on planting and irrigation plan with design professionals)

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, May 3, to or 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
  • Commit to, and have the financial ability to, retrofit one irrigated section of turf to a low-water-use landscape
  • Attend all four sessions
  • Have an email address, internet access and access to a camera(digital preferred)

The application form is at