WaterSmart Classes

Landscape Makeover Classes and Design Assistance

Using water efficiently is a way of life and an important responsibility that comes along with the benefits of living in a beautiful Mediterranean climate like the one we enjoy in San Diego County. Learn ways to make your landscape both beautiful and water wise by taking advantage of free landscape design and irrigation classes.

Interactive, virtual classes are available weekday evenings and Saturday mornings and range from 60-75 minutes depending on the topic. In addition to the course materials, instructors are available to answer your questions real-time on a variety of landscape topics. Occasionally, in person classes are also available.

Check out the schedule and sign up for a class today!

Don’t have time to wait for a class or need some quick help on a particular landscape topic?  Peruse our on-demand video library any time you like by exploring the videos below.

Looking for our WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Program workshops or Designer at Your Door design assistance? The workshops have ended and Designer at Your Door will only be available through July 15, 2024. If you have already attended all five workshops and want to schedule Designer at Your Door services, don’t delay! Click the design program tab below and apply now for details on scheduling an appointment. 


Landscape Makeover Videos

This series of videos mirrors the content of the workshops and four-class series and will take you step-by-step through the process of creating your very own beautiful, water-efficient landscape. From measuring your property to getting to know your soil to picking the right plants for the right place, these entertaining and informative videos will guide you along the path to a WaterSmart landscape.

Episode List

Episode 1: WaterSmart San Diego County
Episode 2: WaterSmart Series Overview
Episode 3: Identify Your WaterSmart Target
Episode 4: Create A Plot Plan

Episode 5: Get To Know Your Soil
Episode 6: Build Healthy Soil
Episode 7: Put Your Soil To Work
Episode 8: Rediscover Your Yard
Episode 9: Pick Your Plants
Episode 10: Share Your Space
Episode 11: Design For Curb Appeal
Episode 12: Create A Garden To Live In
Episode 13: Draw Your Garden Design
Episode 14: Irrigate Like A Pro
Episode 15: Toss Your Turf
Episode 16: Install Your WaterSmart Garden
Episode 17: Care For Your WaterSmart Landscape
Episode 18: First Flush of Rainwater
Episode 19: Catch The Rain
Episode 20: Store The Rain
Design Program

Designer At Your Door

Transform Your Yard into a Beautiful Water-Saving Landscape

The Designer at Your Door water conservation service will close on July 15, 2024. This service represents an additional opportunity for one-on-one support from industry professionals. Homeowners must meet certain criteria to qualify for these services. Please make sure to finish the 5-class series to sign up for a DYD consultation before July 15, 2024.

In response to climate changes and the changing needs of regional residents, the Designer at Your Door service incorporates our living curriculum model and complements our special topic workshop classes. Our on-demand landscape makeover videos round out the core components of this educational program.

Since 2014, the WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Program has helped the region’s homeowners replace 1.5 million square feet of turf with sustainable landscaping, saving more than 51 million gallons of water per year! San Diego offers the ideal climate for indoor-outdoor living. Our team is committed to helping you design a garden to live in and one that loves San Diego as much as you do.

It’s FREE and it’s EASY so apply today!

Step 1.  Apply for the Designer At Your Door service.
Step 2.  After receiving approval, enroll in the five core special topic workshops.
Step 3.  Report your workshop attendance to WaterSmart team by emailing landscapemakeover@sdcwa.org.
Step 4.  The WaterSmart team will verify your attendance and contact you to schedule one-on-one technical support!

To qualify for the Designer At Your Door service you must:

  • Be a homeowner in San Diego County and a customer of a local water agency
  • Have an in-ground, operational irrigation system
  • Be willing to convert an existing turf area to a sustainable landscape
  • Take at least 5 of our three-hour workshops

How can I learn more about WaterSmart landscapes?

Attend a Three-Hour Virtual Workshop

Find a workshop in your area and get a sneak preview of the series content. These three-hour workshops are free and held countywide. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all workshops are currently being held online.

Landscape Makeover
Watch Our Videos On Demand

This series of videos will take you step-by-step through the process of creating your very own beautiful, water-efficient landscape.

Watching videos
Think About Your Landscape

How do you use your space? Do you have kids and pets? Do you like entertaining? Or just want less maintenance?