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Flower above: Guaiacum coulteri, photo credit: Janet Rademacher

Events:

Tuesday, May 24th
Integrated Pest Management: Dealing with Pests in the Sustainable Way
Join Master Gardener Rebecca Schoenenberger to learn how to control pests and diseases in the garden in an environmentally sensitive way. We'll discuss cultural practices that discourage pests, how to deal with pest population explosions, how to encourage beneficial insects, and appropriate control measures that will have little or no effect on the environment.

Wednesday, May 25th
The New California Landscape
Learn how to convert your thirsty lawn into a low water landscape using Mediterranean and California natie plants appropriate for our summer dry Mediterranean climate. This workshop will include lawn removal, design ideas, plant selection and irrigation.

Saturday, June 4th
Homesteading 101: Best Varieties of the Bay Area
Looking for expert tips, tricks, and suggested varieties for gardening in the Bay Area? Look no further. Drew Harwell, expert manager of Jesse Cool’s garden, will detail out what every gardener needs to know for growing the healthiest fruits and veggies year-round in this unique micro-climate. In this garden class, he’ll cover his favorite vegetable varieties that thrive in Bay Area gardens, and he’ll discuss the best way to go about growing them. Drew will also be sharing some of the tips that he wishes he’d have known when he started gardening near the Bay. Don’t miss this chance to make your garden thrive all year long!

Saturday, June 4th
Compost Basics
Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. As the drought worsens and the climate warms, home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot, exploring why something that so many are repulsed by might in fact be the way we save the planet.

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:

2016-06-04


Hours:

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Location:

Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto 94306


Cost:

$35


Description:

Looking for expert tips, tricks, and suggested varieties for gardening in the Bay Area? Look no further. Drew Harwell, expert manager of Jesse Cool’s garden, will detail out what every gardener needs to know for growing the healthiest fruits and veggies year-round in this unique micro-climate. In this garden class, he’ll cover his favorite vegetable varieties that thrive in Bay Area gardens, and he’ll discuss the best way to go about growing them. Drew will also be sharing some of the tips that he wishes he’d have known when he started gardening near the Bay. Don’t miss this chance to make your garden thrive all year long!


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Event Sponsor:

Common Ground Garden


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Comments:

Taught by Drew Harwell who is an edible-garden and Permaculture consultant, the manager of Jesse Cool’s Seeds of Change Garden and the former Common Ground Garden Manager.


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Date:

2016-06-04


Hours:

10:00 a.m. to Noon


Location:

Cubberley Comm Ctr Room H-1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306


Cost:

FREE


Description:

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. As the drought worsens and the climate warms, home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot, exploring why something that so many are repulsed by might in fact be the way we save the planet.


Phone:

(408) 918-4640


Event Sponsor:

Compost Education Program


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Date:

2016-05-24


Hours:

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Location:

Campbell Library, 77 Harrison Ave., Campbell


Cost:

FREE


Description:

Join Master Gardener Rebecca Schoenenberger to learn how to control pests and diseases in the garden in an environmentally sensitive way. We'll discuss cultural practices that discourage pests, how to deal with pest population explosions, how to encourage beneficial insects, and appropriate control measures that will have little or no effect on the environment.


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Event Sponsor:

UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County and Campbell Library


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Comments:

Registration not required.


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Date:

2016-05-25


Hours:

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.


Location:

13 S San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022


Cost:

FREE


Description:

Learn how to convert your thirsty lawn into a low water landscape using Mediterranean and California natie plants appropriate for our summer dry Mediterranean climate. This workshop will include lawn removal, design ideas, plant selection and irrigation.


Phone:


Event Sponsor:

Los Altos Public Library


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Comments:

Registration not required


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