Free WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Workshop Series Begins in September

August 20, 2012

The San Diego County Water Authority is again teaming up with the San Diego Botanic Garden and MiraCosta College to…

The San Diego County Water Authority is again teaming up with the San Diego Botanic Garden and MiraCosta College to offer a WaterSmart Landscaping Makeover Workshop Series beginning in mid-September.  The classes, which will be held at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, are free and are designed to give participants hands-on experience with the essential concepts for successful turf removal and the design and installation of water-efficient landscaping.

The application can be found at,and for first priority registration, applicants should submit their paperwork by Saturday, Aug. 25 to mkinney@sdbgarden.orgor fax to (760) 632-0917.  Space is limited, and the class slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Eligible parties must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Be a single-family residential homeowner (owner occupied)
  • Own a working, in-ground irrigation system with a controller (timer)
  • Commit and have financial ability to make over at least one irrigated section of turf to low-water-use plants
  • Commit to attend all three workshops and two 45-minute coaching sessions
  • Have an email address, internet access, and access to a camera (digital preferred)

Classes are as follows:

  1. Sept. 15           9 a.m. – noon               Site analysis and turf removal
  2. Sept. 29           9 a.m. – noon               Planning, plant selection and design
  3. Oct. 13             (time TBD)                 Design coaching session 1 (your plant plan)
  4. Nov. 3               9 a.m. – noon              Smart irrigation system components and installation
  5. Nov. 17             (time TBD)                 Design coaching session 2 (your plant plan)

All classes will be held at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas CA  92024.  These classes are made possible in part due to a grant from the Hans and Margaret Doe Charitable Trust.

  • 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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