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Creating Native Pollinator Gardens - Cupertino
Jul
11
7:00 PM19:00

Creating Native Pollinator Gardens - Cupertino

Native plants are integral to an effective pollinator garden design. Based on functions within the ecosystem, the speaker will explore the interrelationships between plants, pollinators, other insects and animals. The goal is to allow you to design pollinator gardens, thereby leveraging California's wealth of biodiversity into more resilient--and beautiful--landscapes.

For more info, click here.

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Laundry to Landscape Graywater Installation - Mountain View
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Laundry to Landscape Graywater Installation - Mountain View

  • 749 W El Camino Real Mountain View, CA, 94040 United States (map)
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Start saving money and water by reusing laundry water in your landscape! Learn how to assess your home and landscaping to install a graywater system without additional expensive pumps, filters, tanks or permits. Attendees are encouraged to bring photos of their laundry area and landscaping for additional help. Santa Clara County residents are eligible for a $200 rebate!

Lecture | Justin Burks

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Irrigation Equipment Upgrade and Landscape Water Use Efficiency in Palo Alto
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

Irrigation Equipment Upgrade and Landscape Water Use Efficiency in Palo Alto

Learn about irrigation equipment upgrades that will help make your irrigation system more efficient, discounts and rebate offers, and resources to get your started on improving your irrigation system.

Instructor: Sherri Osaka

More information and Registration here.

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Spring Garden Start-Up Demonstration - Santa Clara
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Spring Garden Start-Up Demonstration - Santa Clara

  • San Tomas and Monroe Community Garden (map)
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The San Tomas & Monroe Neighborhood Community Garden opened  up late August, a little too late to grow the summer plants we all love: Cucumbers, tomatoes, squash , chili peppers and corn. March 15 marks the last chance of frost in Santa Clara County, which opens up a whole new class of vegetables and fruit that can be grown.

So, on Saturday, March 16th, the Garden Coordinator would like to invite the public to help him plant new spring vegetables in the Teaching beds from 9am – 12pm. He will be removing old plants, preparing the soil, and then plant spring/summer seeds and seedlings and will talk through every step to all in attendance. Tools and adult sized gloves are available. Please come in closed toed shoes and bring sun protection.

Contact the Garden Coordinator at (408) 615-3743 with your questions.

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Rainwater Harvesting: Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels, and Cisterns in Palo Alto
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Rainwater Harvesting: Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels, and Cisterns in Palo Alto

Come learn about capturing rainwater on your property with rain barrels, rain gardens, and cisterns to help conserve water and reduce runoff volume.  Learn about designing and maintaining these systems, rebate offers, and resources available to you.

Instructor: Sherri Osaka

More information, including registration here.

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Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels, Cisterns, Oh My!  Talk - Campbell
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels, Cisterns, Oh My! Talk - Campbell

There is still time to gather the spring rains to use later in the year. Hear how to use passive forms of rainwater harvesting to keep water in your soil so you can start irrigating later than normal. Learn about active forms of rainwater harvesting to store water and use it when you need it. Find out about the new rebates offered by the Santa Clara Valley Water District and how you can take advantage of them.

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Rethinking Weeds Talk - Saratoga
Jan
22
7:00 PM19:00

Rethinking Weeds Talk - Saratoga

If weeds had a tattoo it would be “misunderstood”—it would be in bold print and colors. A weed to one is a medicine to another. And the word weed has such a negative connotation. It is as if we need to degrade it before we eradicate it.  Spend some time with Frank Niccoli to learn why weeds should have a name change. From now on we will call them “les herbes savauges”.  Find out why.

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Winning the War on Weeds - Sunnyvale
Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

Winning the War on Weeds - Sunnyvale

The rains are bringing much needed water to our gardens, but they also sprout pesky weed seeds that hide in the soil. Ridding your garden of these weeds is typically a back-breaking, time-consuming endeavor, but there are techniques that can save you lots of time and effort. Join us to learn about sheet mulching and other simple tricks that you can do now, so you can enjoy your garden later. Bring along a sample of one or more of your weeds for the speaker to identify.

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Living Landscape: A video by Douglas Tallamy - Mountain View
Jan
10
7:00 PM19:00

Living Landscape: A video by Douglas Tallamy - Mountain View

Change your landscape to attract more creatures, especially caterpillars! Your garden can become a food hub in the middle of suburbia.

Join us for a screening of a video based on Doug Tallamy’s latest book, followed by a discussion with the California Native Plant Society.

No RSVP; walk-ins are welcome

Event is at the Mountain View Library, 585 Franklin St, in the 1st Floor Program Room.

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Next Steps on Greywater Workshop - San Jose
Nov
14
12:00 PM12:00

Next Steps on Greywater Workshop - San Jose

  • Lane Irrigation Equipment Company (map)
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Learn how to safely reuse water from washing machines to irrigate your landscape! This free class will discuss residential graywater reuse, garden-friendly soaps and detergents, and how to construct a laundry to landscape graywater system using equipment you may find at the venue! Attending the workshop will also help participants understand what’s needed to qualify for the District’s graywater rebate: $200 (up to $400 in some areas). No purchase or attendance required to qualify for the rebate.

Bring a few photos of your laundry area and landscape to be irrigated with graywater for additional help during the workshop.

Register for the event at centralcoastgreywater.org .

For questions about the graywater rebate program, contact Justin Burks at jburks@valleywater.org.

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Irrigation Equipment Upgrades and Outdoor Survey - Palo Alto
Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

Irrigation Equipment Upgrades and Outdoor Survey - Palo Alto

  • Palo Alto Art Center - Auditorium (map)
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This workshop focuses on landscape irrigation equipment upgrades and rebates for improving outdoor water use efficiency. Learn how to identify, troubleshoot and repair irrigation system problems to save water in your yard. Get firsthand knowledge from an expert landscape professional and water conservation staff members from the Santa Clara Valley Water District and City of Palo Alto Utilities. You may qualify for rebates for upgrading your irrigation system and/or replacing high-water using landscape with native plants. 

Registration and more information.

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Graywater Workshop in San Jose
May
5
1:30 PM13:30

Graywater Workshop in San Jose

Graywater Workshop at the Martial Cottle Park Spring Celebration

Learn how to safely reuse water from washing machines to irrigate your landscape. This free class will discuss residential graywater reuse, common types of graywater systems, garden-friendly soaps and detergents, and how to construct a laundry to landscape graywater system. Attending the workshop will help participants qualify for the District's graywater rebate$200 ($400 in certain areas).

This workshop will be held during the Martial Cottle Park Spring Celebration between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. after other exciting gardening talks offered throughout the day.

To receive specific assistance during the workshop, bring a few photos of your laundry area and landscape to be irrigated with graywater.

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Great Race for Saving Water - Mini Workshops in Palo Alto
Apr
14
11:00 AM11:00

Great Race for Saving Water - Mini Workshops in Palo Alto

Mini Workshops at Great Race for Saving Water - These short workshops will occur at the Earth Day Festival and Great Race for Saving Water on Saturday, April 14. Please join us for the 5K and 1K, then stay for the fun for the rest of the day! Workshops will be held at the Palo Alto Baylands Athletic Center, 1900 Geng Road, Palo Alto, in the bleachers behind home plate. If you have any questions, there will be an information booth between home and third base. 

Lawn Replacement 101 - 11:00 am to 11:30 am
Come to this talk and be inspired to create a beautiful, water-wise garden! Get professional tips on removing that weed-filled patch called a lawn, learn to choose climate-adapted native plants, and find out how you can qualify for landscape rebates.
Register here. Free and open to the public. 

Permaculture Principles, Design and Application - 11:30 am to noon
This workshop will include an overview of permaculture, including key principles and ethics. Learn how permaculture designers observe and make note of the zones of use and sectors of influence on a landscape/gardenscape and how to design based on the constraints and opportunities existing in that space.
Register here. Free and open to the public. 

Easy-to-Grow Native Plants - 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm
Do you want to include drought-tolerant native plants in your garden for beauty, habitat and sustainability, but don’t know where to begin? Come to this talk and learn about the many easy-to-grow native different types of plants for the home garden.
Register here. Free and open to the public. 

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