Eco-gardener workshops help convert yards into drought-resistant landscapes

Converting yards into drought-resistant landscapes is one of the most effective steps homeowners can take to save water, according to the Water Replenishment District, which is now offering several free water-wise “eco-gardener” classes to help residents save water and improve their gardens.
The series introduces concepts of water-efficient gardening and landscaping. Students will become familiar with irrigation basics, best horticultural practices, drought-tolerant native plants, and garden design concepts. Topics include design tips, irrigation scheduling, maintenance and troubleshooting, appropriate plant selection and fertilizers.
The classroom-style programs include PowerPoint presentations and demonstrations. Attendees will receive instructive handouts free of charge. The comprehensive materials are specific to each of the four workshops.
All workshops will be conducted at the Water Replenishment District Offices, 4040 Paramount Blvd. in Lakewood. They include a guided tour of the WRD Urban Educational Landscape.
Drought-tolerant plants
This class is designed to teach homeowners the importance of using less water and drought-tolerant plant materials in their gardens. Homeowners will become familiar with various trees, shrubs and groundcovers that are readily available and well suited for water-efficient gardens.
Garden design concepts
This class will show participants the importance of implementing a design program when installing or renovating their garden. The class focuses on design concepts and ideas for creating a water-efficient garden, including plant selection.

Free Eco Gardener Homeowner workshop series dates 
Series 1 

April 2 Sustainable Garden Applications
April 30 Drought-tolerant Plants
May 14 Drip and Sprinkler System Care
May 21 Sustainable Garden Care

Series 2
June 4 Sustainable Garden Designs
June 18 Sustainable Garden Applications
July 9 Drought-tolerant Plants
July 23 Drip & Sprinkler System Care
Aug 6 Sustainable Garden Care

Series 3
Sept 10 Sustainable Garden Designs
Sept 24 Sustainable Garden Applications
Oct 15 Drought Tolerant Plants
Nov 5 Drip & Sprinkler System Care
Nov 19 Sustainable Garden Care

Classes are designed to be taken as a series but can be attended individually. Pre-registration and RSVPs are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Call (562) 275-4234.

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