Free WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Workshop Series Begins in September

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Free WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series Begins in Sept.
Participants will learn specifics of turf removal and planting water-efficient landscaping

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.