Creating a Native Rain Garden in Campbell
Feb
28
7:00 AM07:00

Creating a Native Rain Garden in Campbell

We’ve had some rainfall this season and shouldn’t let it go to waste running off roofs, and into the streets, storm drains, and creeks where it could cause flooding. Instead we should direct that rain water into our gardens, allowing it to percolate downward, recharging our local aquifers and purifying the water as it passes through the soil. Learn how rain gardens keep water on site and solve drainage problems, and which California native plants are best suited for them.

Madeline Morrow is the President of our CNPS Chapter. A former computer programmer, she now volunteers in her community and works extensively on her native garden. Her garden was featured in Bay Nature magazine in March 2013; and she solved her drainage problem by installing a rain garden.

Location Campbell Library, 77 Harrison Ave., Campbell

Contact (408) 866-1991

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Drip Irrigation Conversion and Installation in San Jose
Mar
3
9:00 AM09:00

Drip Irrigation Conversion and Installation in San Jose

Learn how to install and maintain a water efficient irrigation system, including basic layout designs and watering techniques. Work on a water efficient drip system with the right components to suit your landscaping! Dress for the elements! Wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and bring water. Tools and light refreshments will be provided.

Free.  Registration required. http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/signup2/

 

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Native/Drought Tolerant Plants: Installation & Maintenance in San Jose
Mar
28
9:00 AM09:00

Native/Drought Tolerant Plants: Installation & Maintenance in San Jose

Discover how and why native plants need less water, and how to plant and care for them. Learn how to prune parts of native plants, such as branches, buds, and roots to improve or maintain their health. Dress for the elements! Wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and bring water. Tools and light refreshments will be provided.

Registration required. http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/signup2/

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Lawn Replacement 101 in Sunnyvale
Mar
31
9:00 AM09:00

Lawn Replacement 101 in Sunnyvale

Create a water-efficient and low-maintenance landscape using California native and drought-tolerant plants.  Learn their benefits as an alternative to lawn. Find out how to remove a lawn, and install drip irrigation and attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, while saving you time, water, and energy!

Free.  Registration required: http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/signup2/

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Composting Workshop in Los Gatos
Mar
31
9:30 AM09:30

Composting Workshop in Los Gatos

Start composting now, to prepare for spring gardening! Compost is called 'black gold' and the 'heart of the garden'.  Los Gatos/Saratoga Recreation District is hosting a COMPOSTING WORKSHOP in late March to get you started.

Visit the instructor’s website for more info on composting:  http://www.scienceofagroecology.info/

Meet at the LG Community Garden, located at Los Gatos High School Campus (behind the Tennis Courts).

Workshop Instructor is Les Kishler, AB Biological Sciences & MA Ecology (UC Berkeley).  He taught science and agriculture in LG-Saratoga High School District for over 30 years, and supervises the Los Gatos Summer Community Garden.

Age:  18 or older
Registration Fee:  $32
Register by calling 408-354-8700 or email info@lgsrecreation.org or visit the Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation website 

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Going Native Garden Tour - Northern Santa Clara County
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Going Native Garden Tour - Northern Santa Clara County

A free tour of native gardens in Santa Clara Valley & Peninsula, San Francisco Bay Area

Organized by the California Native Plant Society (Santa Clara Valley Chapter)
in association with UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County.

Since 2003, the Bay Area's pioneering native garden tour has showcased gardens featuring California native plants. This community-based tour is free of charge to the public. Each tour features up to 60 gardens, most of them private home gardens, which are open on tour day in a do-it-yourself, open house format.

The gardens on the tour demonstrate reduced water use, reduced chemical and pesticide use, improved habitat, and the unique aesthetic appeal of gardens designed with California native plants. Our website also provides resources to help Bay Area gardeners to “go native” in their own gardens.

On tour day, sponsoring nurseries will conduct native plant sales at select gardens. Part of the proceeds benefit Going Native Garden Tour. Please pay by cash or check.

For more information or to register, go to: http://gngt.org/GNGT/HomeRO.php

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Going Native Garden Tour - Southern Santa Clara County
Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

Going Native Garden Tour - Southern Santa Clara County

A free tour of native gardens in Santa Clara Valley & Peninsula, San Francisco Bay Area

Organized by the California Native Plant Society (Santa Clara Valley Chapter)
in association with UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County.

Since 2003, the Bay Area's pioneering native garden tour has showcased gardens featuring California native plants. This community-based tour is free of charge to the public. Each tour features up to 60 gardens, most of them private home gardens, which are open on tour day in a do-it-yourself, open house format.

The gardens on the tour demonstrate reduced water use, reduced chemical and pesticide use, improved habitat, and the unique aesthetic appeal of gardens designed with California native plants. Our website also provides resources to help Bay Area gardeners to “go native” in their own gardens.

On tour day, sponsoring nurseries will conduct native plant sales at select gardens. Part of the proceeds benefit Going Native Garden Tour. Please pay by cash or check.

For more information or to register, go to: http://gngt.org/GNGT/HomeRO.php

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Pruning Native Plants and Fruit Trees in Cupertino
Apr
14
9:00 AM09:00

Pruning Native Plants and Fruit Trees in Cupertino

Discover how to prune parts of native plants and trees, such as branches, buds, and roots to improve or maintain their health. Dress for the elements! Wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and bring water. Tools and light refreshments will be provided. 

Registration required: http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/signup2/

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Spring Garden Market - Martial Cottle Park - San Jose
Apr
14
9:00 AM09:00

Spring Garden Market - Martial Cottle Park - San Jose

The Spring Garden Market is our annual spring extravaganza that you do not want to miss!  It's a huge plant sale with educational talks, information tables, food trucks, and more.  Full details can be found on our Spring Garden Market page. The event is on rain or shine! Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted.

Park map

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Garden/Irrigation Maintenance in Milpitas
Apr
14
11:00 AM11:00

Garden/Irrigation Maintenance in Milpitas

Learn how maintenance of water-conserving landscapes differs from that of traditional landscapes. Lecture topics will include the care and maintenance of native and drought-tolerant plants, soil, and irrigation devices. The Lecture will also include a brief discussion on detection irrigation system issues such as possible leaks and clogs as well as how to clear simple clogs and fix easy leaks.

Registration required. http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/signup2/

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Drip Irrigation Conversion and Installation in San Jose
Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Drip Irrigation Conversion and Installation in San Jose

Learn how to install and maintain a water efficient irrigation system, including basic layout designs and watering techniques. Work on a water efficient drip system with the right components to suit your landscaping! Dress for the elements! Wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and bring water. Tools and light refreshments will be provided. 

Registration required. http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/signup2/

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Alternatives to Lawns in Milpitas
Apr
28
11:00 AM11:00

Alternatives to Lawns in Milpitas

Discover the benefits of drought tolerant plants as an alternative to your lawn, and create a water-efficient, low-maintenance landscape. Explore ways to create a beautiful and sustainable landscape that conserves water, resources, and reduces your utility bill as well as maintenance costs.

Registration required. http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/signup2/

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Native/Drought Tolerant Plants Installation and Maintenance
May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Native/Drought Tolerant Plants Installation and Maintenance

Discover how and why native plants need less water, and how to plant and care for them. Learn how to prune parts of native plants, such as branches, buds, and roots to improve or maintain their health. Dress for the elements! Wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and bring water. Tools and light refreshments will be provided. 

Registration required. http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/signup2/

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Drought Tolerant Planting and Design in Milpitas
May
5
11:00 AM11:00

Drought Tolerant Planting and Design in Milpitas

Designed for beginners interested in landscape design or for residents planning to replace their lawn with a water efficient landscape, this class is a step-by-step overview of basic landscape design principles. Learn about plant arrangements, create layouts using a hands-on design template tool, and have your questions answered by a professional landscape architect.

Registration required http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/signup2/

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Water Efficient Edible Gardening
May
12
9:00 AM09:00

Water Efficient Edible Gardening

Learn how to reduce water needs in your garden by growing seasonal edible vegetables that you can harvest all summer long. This class will also cover how to incorporate organic maintenance techniques into seasonal vegetable gardening such as how to use compost and cover crops.

Free.  Registration required: http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/classes

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Native/Drought Tolerant Plant Installation and Maintenance in San Jose
May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Native/Drought Tolerant Plant Installation and Maintenance in San Jose

Discover how and why native and drought tolerant plants need less water, and how to plant and care for them. Learn how to prune parts of native plants, such as branches, buds, and roots to improve or maintain their health. Dress for the elements! Wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and bring water. Tools and light refreshments will be provided.

Registration Required  http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/signup2/

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Lawn Replacement with Native and Drought Tolerant Plants
Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

Lawn Replacement with Native and Drought Tolerant Plants

  • 1 Library Avenue Millbrae, CA, 94030 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Discover the benefits of native and drought tolerant plants as an alternative to your lawn, and create a water-efficient, low-maintenance landscape. Learn how to achieve a lush look in your garden with beautiful native shrubs, grasses, trees, and flowers.

RSVP at http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/eventdetails/ 

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Native and Drought Tolerant Planting Techniques in San Jose
Dec
9
9:30 AM09:30

Native and Drought Tolerant Planting Techniques in San Jose

  • 411 Seymour Street San Jose, CA, 95110 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Discover how and why drought tolerant plants need less water, and how to plant and care for them. Learn how to prune parts of native plants, such as branches, buds, and roots to improve or maintain their health. Dress for the elements! Wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and bring water. Tools and light refreshments will be provided. 

Please register for this workshop at http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/classes.  

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Pollinator Friendly Native and Drought Tolerant Plants in San Jose
Nov
18
9:30 AM09:30

Pollinator Friendly Native and Drought Tolerant Plants in San Jose

  • 1248 South Blaney Avenue San Jose, CA, 95129 United States (map)
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Discover which native and drought tolerant plants are best for attracting pollinators, and how to plant and care for them. Dress for the elements! Wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and bring water. Tools and light refreshments will be provided. 

Please register for this workshop at http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/classes.  

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How to Start and Grow a Community Garden in Palo Alto
Nov
4
2:00 PM14:00

How to Start and Grow a Community Garden in Palo Alto

This interactive class will explore the essentials of starting and maintaining a community-run garden. Topics will include the types of community gardens, creating the project vision and values, community engagement, where and how to find land, water and irrigation considerations, garden planning, issues of sustainability, funding and organizational structure. The instructor will use Pacifica Gardens as a model to educate and inspire you to become a part of community food-growing.

Loretta O’Brien is the founding project director and garden manager of Pacifica Gardens. Loretta has been a backyard food grower most of her adult life. She has training in both GROW BIOINTENSIVE mini-farming and Permaculture. She can be found most Saturdays at Pacifica Gardens working alongside many dedicated garden volunteers.

Tickets Required.  Click here for more information.

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Native and Drought Tolerant Plants and Planting Techniques in San Jose
Nov
4
9:30 AM09:30

Native and Drought Tolerant Plants and Planting Techniques in San Jose

  • 1634 Las Plumas Avenue San Jose, CA, 95133 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Discover how and why drought tolerant plants need less water, and how to plant and care for them. Dress for the elements! Wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and bring water. Tools and light refreshments will be provided. 

Please register for this workshop at http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/classes.  

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Designing Native Gardens and Rainwater Harvesting in Palo Alto
Nov
4
9:00 AM09:00

Designing Native Gardens and Rainwater Harvesting in Palo Alto

  • Lucie Stern Community Center, Community Room  (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how to create a beautiful, low water use and low maintenance landscape with native plants, as well as how to harvest rainwater using rain barrels or a cistern. You will learn basic design concepts, best practices, how to set goals and a budget. See your sample design come together from start to finish! 

Register here
 

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Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour’s Fall Native Plant Extravaganza
Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour’s Fall Native Plant Extravaganza

Save that date!  Saturday, October 28, from 10:00-4:00 is the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour’s Fall Native Plant Extravaganza!  Purchase native plants from select nurseries, and a percentage of the sales will go to support the Tour.

This full-day shopping opportunity will offer native plant fans a good selection of native plants at the best time of year to plant them. The Extravaganza provides the opportunity to purchase unique or hard-to-find native plants that are not normally available in most nurseries. Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to help shoppers select the best plants for their gardens.

For more information, please go to www.bringingbackthenatives.net.  

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Lose The Lawn Talk And Workshop – Co-hosted by Our City Forest – San Jose
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Lose The Lawn Talk And Workshop – Co-hosted by Our City Forest – San Jose

Learn how to convert your water-thirsty lawn into a drought-tolerant dreamscape. There will be a talk and Q&A session for the first hour. The group will walk over to Our City Forest's site and see a step-by-step demonstration. At the end of the demo, participants will have a chance to help Our City Forest install some plants in their native garden.

Cost: Free

Donations welcome at Our City Forest, but not required.

Bring: a notebook and pen, reusable water bottle, closed-toed shoes, sunscreen or sun protection and questions for the experts.

No waiver. Children can come if accompanied by adults.

No dogs, please.

Bring a snack, water, and lunch to enjoy in the park afterward.
Somewhat wheelchair accessible, rough terrain and not ADA approved

Parking at Martial Cottle Park is $6.00

More information: 408-998-7337 x 121

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Converting to Drip Irrigation in San Jose
Oct
21
9:30 AM09:30

Converting to Drip Irrigation in San Jose

  • 1248 South Blaney Avenue San Jose, CA, 95129 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how to install and maintain a water efficient irrigation system, including basic layout designs and watering techniques. Work on a water efficient drip system with the right components to suit your landscaping! Dress for the elements! Wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and bring water. Tools and light refreshments will be provided. 

Please register for this workshop at http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/classes.  

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Low Water Lawn Alternatives – Palo Alto
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Low Water Lawn Alternatives – Palo Alto

Are you thinking about taking out your lawn and don’t quite know what to do next? Would you like to use less water but still yearn for that patch of green? Tired of mowing and fertilizing?  There are lawn alternatives that use 50-60% less water than a traditional lawn but can still provide you with that spot of green. Master Gardener Martha Carpenter will show you examples of some of these grasses and ground covers  and discuss how you might use of them in your yard.  Sun, shade and water requirements will be discussed as well as irrigation.

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Fall Fruit Tree Pruning for Beauty and Bounty in Palo Alto
Oct
14
2:00 PM14:00

Fall Fruit Tree Pruning for Beauty and Bounty in Palo Alto

Pruning is vital to your fruit tree's health.

This class the second part of our 'Home Orchard' series, including 'Summer Fruit Tree Thinning and Pruning for Quality'(6/17/2017), 'Fall Fruit Tree Pruning for Beauty and Bounty' (this class), and 'Bare-root Fruit Tree Planting' (1/20/2018). Puchase your tickets early and save!

If you want a fruitful abundance, make sure you understand the art of pruning, from apricots to apples, pomegranates to plums.

In this class, you will learn basic techniques of pruning and what tools to use. Tom Cronin, the workshop teacher, will first demonstrate how to prune a tree and then foster hands-onlearning with one-on-one assistance in the pruning process.

Tom Cronin has gardened for over 25 years, and he is extensively involved in a number of garden projects. To read all about his experience, visit his website, Tom's Edible Gardens.

We are delighted at your interest in this class. Please review Common Ground's adult class policies before making your ticket purchase.  Tickets required.

Contact paul@commongroundgarden.org with any queries.

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Fall Garden Market At Martial Cottle Park - San Jose
Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Fall Garden Market At Martial Cottle Park - San Jose

Join us for Martial Cottle Park's Harvest Festival, including our Fall Garden Market. The Harvest Festival celebrates the agricultural heritage of the Santa Clara Valley and the newest park in the county. There will be food, entertainment, park tours, and more. 

Our Fall Garden Market offers a bounty of winter vegetables and flower seedlings that thrive in our cool winter conditions and will keep your garden producing year round. Vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, kale, chard, peas, many varieties of lettuce and other salad greens, plus much more. Come get inspired! New this year: Heirloom garlic varieties.

We will also have talks by UC Master Gardeners, children's activities, a Green Elephant sale, and Hotline LIVE! where you can ask questions and bring in samples for diagnosis.

Cost: $6 parking at Martial Cottle Park.

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Converting to Drip Irrigation in San Jose
Oct
7
9:30 AM09:30

Converting to Drip Irrigation in San Jose

  • 1634 Las Plumas Avenue San Jose, CA, 95133 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how to install and maintain a water efficient irrigation system, including basic layout designs and watering techniques. Work on a water efficient drip system with the right components to suit your landscaping! Dress for the elements! Wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and bring water. Tools and light refreshments will be provided. 

Please register for this workshop at http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/classes.  

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Lawn Removal & Native Garden Installation in San Jose
Oct
7
8:30 AM08:30

Lawn Removal & Native Garden Installation in San Jose

  • Evergreen Valley College, Sequoia Lecture Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In this half-day seminar, receive practical advice from an experienced landscaper, and view step-by-step pictures on simple ways to change your lawn into a lovely and low maintenance native garden. Learn a few important design principles, see before and after pictures, and receive a select list of go-to native plants for sun or shade. Sheet mulching will be demonstrated, along with instruction on improving soil and plant health. A power-packedpresentation!

Plus: Book Sale • Refreshments • Freeparking

Registerat: http://www.cnps-scv.org  

Info: seminar@cnps-scv.org, 650-260-3450

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Permeable Hardscape Installation Methods - Pavers and Perk Grout in San Jose
Sep
30
9:00 AM09:00

Permeable Hardscape Installation Methods - Pavers and Perk Grout in San Jose

  • 1634 Las Plumas Avenue San Jose, CA, 95133 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn about how to install and manage permeable hardscapes. Permeable landscapes reduce the transport of polluted urban and rain water runoff to storm drains and creeks, allowing infiltration and groundwater replenishment. Find out what options will work best for you with this combined outdoor lecture and hands-on workshop. 

Dress for the elements! Wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and bring water. Tools and light refreshments will be provided. 

Please register for this workshop at http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/classes.  

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Maintaining Native Gardens and Leak Detection in Palo Alto
Sep
30
9:00 AM09:00

Maintaining Native Gardens and Leak Detection in Palo Alto

  • Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how maintenance of water-conserving landscapes differs from that of traditional landscapes. Lecture topics will include the care and maintenance of native and drought-tolerant plants, soil, and irrigation devices. The lecture will also include a brief discussion on detecting irrigation system issues such as possible leaks and clogs as well as how to clear simple clogs and fix easy leaks. 

Register here

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Planting for Honey Bees Workshop in Palo Alto
Sep
23
2:00 PM14:00

Planting for Honey Bees Workshop in Palo Alto

Collectively, the choices we make in our urban gardens impact the health of honeybees and other pollinators. We’ll begin by looking at the biology of Apis mellifera, the European Honeybee, and the annual cycles of a colony as related to weather and forage availability. With that as a background, we’ll discuss plants that can provide nutrition through a variety of seasons.

Cost: $30. Get tickets here: http://bit.ly/2uru9g4

Bonnie Morse, co-owner of Bonnie Bee & Company which offers local bees and honey in addition to support for local beekeepers through workshops, consulting and hive management.www.bonniebeecompany.com

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