Free WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Workshop Series Begins in May

April 29, 2013

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

  • The San Diego County Water Authority sustains a $268 billion regional economy and the quality of life for 3.3 million residents through a multi-decade water supply diversification plan, major infrastructure investments and forward-thinking policies that promote fiscal and environmental responsibility. A public agency created in 1944, the Water Authority delivers wholesale water supplies to 23 retail water providers, including cities, special districts and a military base.

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