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Flower above: Guaiacum coulteri, photo credit: Janet Rademacher

Events:

Wednesday, September 10th
Santa Clara Valley Green Gardener Training (English)
The 10-week training program is designed for landscape maintenance workers, landscape contractors, and professional gardeners. Training in environmentally sustainable gardening practices will include topics like irrigation scheduling, plant placement, air quality and integrated pest management practices to reduce the need for pesticide use. All gardeners who complete the required hours of attendance and successfully complete the final test will receive a Santa Clara Valley Green Gardener card and certificate of completion. Names of the graduates and companies they work for will appear on the Watershed Watch website and on materials distributed to the public.

Wednesday, September 10th
Attracting Pollinators with Native Plants
Bees are having a hard time out there in the garden, what with colony collapse disorder, neonicotinoids, varroa mites, etc. But you can help them by eliminating pesticides in your garden and planting California native plants. Find out how to choose and grow the plants most attractive to bees and other garden pollinators. Stephen Rosenthal is the current president of our Chapter of CNPS. He volunteers with Alum Rock Park in San Jose to help restore its native habitat.

Thursday, September 11th
Santa Clara Valley Green Gardener Training (Spanish)
The 10-week training program is designed for landscape maintenance workers, landscape contractors, and professional gardeners. Training in environmentally sustainable gardening practices will include topics like irrigation scheduling, plant placement, air quality and integrated pest management practices to reduce the need for pesticide use. All gardeners who complete the required hours of attendance and successfully complete the final test will receive a Santa Clara Valley Green Gardener card and certificate of completion. Names of the graduates and companies they work for will appear on the Watershed Watch website and on materials distributed to the public.

Saturday, September 13th
Basic Composting Workshop
Turn your grass, leaves and kitchen scraps into a wonderful soil amendment. Green waste and worm composting will be covered. The Earth Machine compost bin and worm bin and composting accessories will be available for sale. Residents are welcome to attend any workshop anywhere in the County.

Saturday, September 13th
Cooking Your Food With The Sun
When you cook with the sun, you save money! Your food tastes better! You reduce your carbon footprint! You can make a simple solar cooker with a cardboard box, aluminum foil and a piece of glass. Or you can buy a solar oven, at Common Ground, that will get as hot as your gas or electric oven. Several different versions of solar cookers will be shown, and we will discuss how to use them. Taught by Carol Cox, who managed Ecology Action’s Research Garden in Willits for nearly twenty years. In collaboration with her neighbors,Carol has created another beautiful productive garden in a lot in the middle of Willits.

Saturday, September 13th
Grow Your Own Seedlings
There are lots of seedlings for sale in the spring, but growing your own seedlings is exciting and rewarding, and it’s a money-saver! You can choose your favorite variety or try something totally new. We will discuss seeds and seed sources, seedling soil, containers, timing, and care of your seedlings. You can try your hand at pricking out lettuce seedlings! Taught by Carol Cox, who managed Ecology Action’s Research Garden in Willits for nearly twenty years. In collaboration with her neighbors, Carol has created another beautiful productive garden in a lot in the middle of Willits.

Funding Agencies

Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program

Recycling & Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County


Participating Agencies

City of Cupertino

City of Los Altos

Town of Los Altos Hills

City of Milpitas

City of Mountain View

City of Palo Alto

City of San Jose

City of Santa Clara

Santa Clara County

Santa Clara Valley Water District

City of Sunnyvale

West Valley Communities (Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga)

Date:

2014-09-13


Hours:

10:00 - Noon


Location:

Las Palmas Park, 850 Russet Drive, Sunnyvale


Cost:

Free


Description:

Turn your grass, leaves and kitchen scraps into a wonderful soil amendment. Green waste and worm composting will be covered. The Earth Machine compost bin and worm bin and composting accessories will be available for sale. Residents are welcome to attend any workshop anywhere in the County.


Phone:

408 918-4640


Event Sponsor:

Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County


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Comments:

Registration is required. Space is limited. Adults only please.


Date:

2014-09-10


Hours:

Wednesdays: Sep 10 to Nov 12, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Location:

Sunnyvale-Cupertino Adult Community Education (ACE) 591 West Fremont Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94087


Cost:

Registration fee is $120; Scholarships up to $60 available for landscape maintenance professionals upon request


Description:

The 10-week training program is designed for landscape maintenance workers, landscape contractors, and professional gardeners. Training in environmentally sustainable gardening practices will include topics like irrigation scheduling, plant placement, air quality and integrated pest management practices to reduce the need for pesticide use. All gardeners who complete the required hours of attendance and successfully complete the final test will receive a Santa Clara Valley Green Gardener card and certificate of completion. Names of the graduates and companies they work for will appear on the Watershed Watch website and on materials distributed to the public.


Phone:

408-522-2200 OR 408-522-2730


Event Sponsor:

Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program


Comments:


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Date:

2014-09-11


Hours:

Thursdays: Sep 11 to Nov 13, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Location:

Sunnyvale-Cupertino Adult Community Education (ACE) 591 West Fremont Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94087


Cost:

$120 (Scholarships for up to $60 are available for landscape maintenance professionals)


Description:

The 10-week training program is designed for landscape maintenance workers, landscape contractors, and professional gardeners. Training in environmentally sustainable gardening practices will include topics like irrigation scheduling, plant placement, air quality and integrated pest management practices to reduce the need for pesticide use. All gardeners who complete the required hours of attendance and successfully complete the final test will receive a Santa Clara Valley Green Gardener card and certificate of completion. Names of the graduates and companies they work for will appear on the Watershed Watch website and on materials distributed to the public.


Phone:

408-522-2200 OR 408-522-2730


Event Sponsor:

Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program


Comments:


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Date:

2014-09-10


Hours:

6:00 pm–7:30 pm


Location:

Mountain View Public Library


Cost:

Free


Description:

Bees are having a hard time out there in the garden, what with colony collapse disorder, neonicotinoids, varroa mites, etc. But you can help them by eliminating pesticides in your garden and planting California native plants. Find out how to choose and grow the plants most attractive to bees and other garden pollinators. Stephen Rosenthal is the current president of our Chapter of CNPS. He volunteers with Alum Rock Park in San Jose to help restore its native habitat.


Phone:


Event Sponsor:

CNPS


Comments:


Date:

2014-09-13


Hours:

10:30-12:30


Location:

Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center 559 College Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306


Cost:

$35


Description:

When you cook with the sun, you save money! Your food tastes better! You reduce your carbon footprint! You can make a simple solar cooker with a cardboard box, aluminum foil and a piece of glass. Or you can buy a solar oven, at Common Ground, that will get as hot as your gas or electric oven. Several different versions of solar cookers will be shown, and we will discuss how to use them. Taught by Carol Cox, who managed Ecology Action’s Research Garden in Willits for nearly twenty years. In collaboration with her neighbors,Carol has created another beautiful productive garden in a lot in the middle of Willits.


Phone:

650-493-6072


Event Sponsor:

Common Ground


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Comments:


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Date:

2014-09-13


Hours:

2:00-4:00


Location:

Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center 559 College Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306


Cost:

$35


Description:

There are lots of seedlings for sale in the spring, but growing your own seedlings is exciting and rewarding, and it’s a money-saver! You can choose your favorite variety or try something totally new. We will discuss seeds and seed sources, seedling soil, containers, timing, and care of your seedlings. You can try your hand at pricking out lettuce seedlings! Taught by Carol Cox, who managed Ecology Action’s Research Garden in Willits for nearly twenty years. In collaboration with her neighbors, Carol has created another beautiful productive garden in a lot in the middle of Willits.


Phone:

650-493-6072


Event Sponsor:

Common Ground


Click to Register


Click for Map


Comments:


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