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Flower above: Guaiacum coulteri, photo credit: Janet Rademacher

Events:

Tuesday, April 25th
Do It Yourself Native Garden Series
Do It Yourself Native Garden Series

Tuesday, April 25th
[Part 2] Drought Tolerant Plant Selection
Part 2: Now for the plants! Get advice on which plants work well together with your preferred plant type and color palette.

Saturday, April 29th
What's Graywater? Find out at the Workshop!
Learn about the water-saving potential for common types of graywater systems; costs, codes, and regulations; plant-friendly soaps and products; irrigation hardware decisions and requirements; and how to qualify for the $200 Graywater Laundry to Landscape Rebate Program. Focus of workshop will be on laundry to landscape systems.

Saturday, April 29th
Compost Basics Workshop
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.

Saturday, April 29th
Maintaining Native Gardens
Learn how maintenance of a native plant, water-conserving landscape differs from that of what most consider to be a traditional landscape with grass or other types of plants that require a lot of water. Lecture topics include care and maintenance of native and drought-tolerant plants, soil, and irrigation devices.

Saturday, April 29th
Native & Drought Tolerant Planting
Learn how and why drought tolerant plants need less water, and how to plant and care for them. Discover the role of soil organisms and organic matter in maintaining plant health and improving your garden’s water-efficiency.

Saturday, April 29th
Tree Care During Drought
Learn how to maintain and care for your trees in drought conditions. This workshop will demonstrate water-conscious care, maintenance, pruning and irrigation techniques to promote the health of your trees during a drought. Dress for the elements!

Saturday, April 29th
Maintaining Native Gardens
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.

Saturday, April 29th
Rainwater Harvesting
“Catch that Rain!" It’s not too late to catch some rain this season, so come and learn how!  We’ll look at lots of ways to harvest and store rainwater, and explore how to use it later, either indoors or outdoors for irrigation. Then we’ll practice setting up a typical 55 gallon barrel for rainwater storage. Capturing and holding your rainwater also prevents it from running off, picking up pollutants, and flushing them to your local creek or the bay. Information about Energy Upgrade and Peninsula Clean Energy will be shared as well.

Tuesday, May 2nd
Do It Yourself Native Garden Series
Do It Yourself Native Garden Series

Tuesday, May 2nd
[Part 3] Drought Tolerant Landscape Installation
Part 3: Time to install! With your design complete, learn the steps necessary to put everything in the ground.

Saturday, May 6th
What's Graywater? Find out at the Workshop!
Learn about the water-saving potential for common types of graywater systems; costs, codes, and regulations; plant-friendly soaps and products; irrigation hardware decisions and requirements; and how to qualify for the $200 Graywater Laundry to Landscape Rebate Program. Focus of workshop will be on laundry to landscape systems.

Saturday, May 6th
Compost Basics Workshop
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.

Saturday, May 6th
Native & Drought Tolerant Plants: Planting Techniques
This class will discuss and demonstrate planting techniques associated with water-efficient and low-maintenance native and drought tolerant plants. Learn how and why drought tolerant plants need less water, and how to plant and care for them. Discover the role of soil organisms and organic matter in maintaining plant health and improving your garden’s water-efficiency.

Saturday, May 6th
Water-Efficient Edible Gardening
Learn how to reduce water needs for seasonal vegetable gardening by learning how to grow vegetables to harvest all summer long. This class will also cover how to incorporate organic maintenance techniques into seasonal vegetable gardening such as using compost and cover crops. Be prepared to go outside for a hands-on workshop! Bring gloves, a 6" minimum diameter plastic, acrylic, or glazed ceramic pot and take home your own planting.

Saturday, May 6th
Demystifying Your Irrigation System
Wondering how to make your irrigation system more water efficient? This class will discuss irrigation components, simple efficiency upgrades, how to choose an irrigation controller, setting up an irrigation schedule, and how to find a leak in your irrigation system.

Saturday, May 6th
Native & Drought Tolerant Plants: Planting Techniques
This class will discuss and demonstrate planting techniques associated with water-efficient and low-maintenance native and drought tolerant plants.  Learn how and why drought tolerant plants need less water, and how to plant and care for them. Discover the role of soil organisms and organic matter in maintaining plant health and improving your garden’s water-efficiency.

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:

2017-04-29


Hours:

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Location:

Bascom Branch Library 1000 S Bascom Ave., San Jose, CA 95128


Cost:

Free


Description:

Learn about the water-saving potential for common types of graywater systems; costs, codes, and regulations; plant-friendly soaps and products; irrigation hardware decisions and requirements; and how to qualify for the $200 Graywater Laundry to Landscape Rebate Program. Focus of workshop will be on laundry to landscape systems.


Phone:

For workshop or graywater questions, contact Justin Burks at (408) 630-2684 For parking, hours, or other library questions, call (408) 808-3077


Event Sponsor:

Santa Clara Valley Water District


Comments:

To receive specific assistance with project ideas during the workshop, please bring: a simple drawing of your project plan and photos of your laundry area, exterior wall nearest your clothes washer, and landscape area to be irrigated with graywater. Note: the above materials are not required to enjoy or attend the workshop.


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Date:

2017-05-06


Hours:

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Location:

Santa Teresa Branch Library 290 International Circle, San Jose, CA 95119


Cost:

Free


Description:

Learn about the water-saving potential for common types of graywater systems; costs, codes, and regulations; plant-friendly soaps and products; irrigation hardware decisions and requirements; and how to qualify for the $200 Graywater Laundry to Landscape Rebate Program. Focus of workshop will be on laundry to landscape systems.


Phone:

For workshop or graywater questions, contact Justin Burks at (408) 630-2684 For parking, hours, or other library questions, call (408) 808-3068


Event Sponsor:

Santa Clara Valley Water District


Comments:

To receive specific assistance with project ideas during the workshop, please bring: a simple drawing of your project plan and photos of your laundry area, exterior wall nearest your clothes washer, and landscape area to be irrigated with graywater. Note: the above materials are not required to enjoy or attend the workshop.


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Date:

2017-04-29


Hours:

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Location:

Morgan Hill Community Center and Cultural Center, Diana Murphy Room 17000 Monterey Rd. Morgan Hill, CA 95037


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:

Composting Education Program


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Date:

2017-05-06


Hours:

10:00 a.m. to Noon


Location:

Community Center, Room 3 201 S. Rengstorff Ave. Mountain View, CA


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:

Composting Education Program


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Date:

2017-05-06


Hours:

9-12pm


Location:

Guadalupe River Park Visitors Center - 438 Coleman Ave, San Jose, CA 95110


Cost:

FREE!


Description:

This class will discuss and demonstrate planting techniques associated with water-efficient and low-maintenance native and drought tolerant plants. Learn how and why drought tolerant plants need less water, and how to plant and care for them. Discover the role of soil organisms and organic matter in maintaining plant health and improving your garden’s water-efficiency.


Phone:

4087935365


Event Sponsor:

City of San Jose and Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency


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Comments:

Search for the class title in the list available and then follow the steps for registration, or just call the number listed above!


Date:

2017-04-25


Hours:

4:00 to 6:00 pm


Location:

Mountain View Library


Cost:

FREE


Description:

Do It Yourself Native Garden Series


Phone:

(650) 349-3000


Event Sponsor:

BAWSCQA


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Date:

2017-05-02


Hours:

6:00 to 8:30 pm


Location:

Mountain View Library


Cost:

FREE


Description:

Do It Yourself Native Garden Series


Phone:

(650) 349-3000


Event Sponsor:

BAWSCA


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Date:

2017-04-29


Hours:

9:30 am to 12:00 pm


Location:

Mitchell Park Community Center (El Palo Alto Room) - 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303


Cost:

FREE


Description:

Learn how maintenance of a native plant, water-conserving landscape differs from that of what most consider to be a traditional landscape with grass or other types of plants that require a lot of water. Lecture topics include care and maintenance of native and drought-tolerant plants, soil, and irrigation devices.


Phone:


Event Sponsor:

City of Palo Alto


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Comments:


Date:

2017-04-25


Hours:

2.5


Location:

Mountain View Public Library [Community Room] - 585 Franklin St, Mountain View, CA 94041


Cost:

$0


Description:

Part 2: Now for the plants! Get advice on which plants work well together with your preferred plant type and color palette.


Phone:

650-349-3000


Event Sponsor:

BAWSCA


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Comments:


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Date:

2017-04-29


Hours:

3


Location:

Barbara Lee Senior Center, 40 N. Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035


Cost:

$0


Description:

Learn how and why drought tolerant plants need less water, and how to plant and care for them. Discover the role of soil organisms and organic matter in maintaining plant health and improving your garden’s water-efficiency.


Phone:

6503493000


Event Sponsor:

BAWSCA


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Comments:


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Date:

2017-04-29


Hours:

3


Location:

Arrillaga Recreation Center [Oak Room] - 700 Alma St, Menlo Park, CA 94025


Cost:

$0


Description:

Learn how to maintain and care for your trees in drought conditions. This workshop will demonstrate water-conscious care, maintenance, pruning and irrigation techniques to promote the health of your trees during a drought. Dress for the elements!


Phone:

650-349-3000


Event Sponsor:

BAWSCA


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Comments:


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Date:

2017-04-29


Hours:

2.5


Location:

Mitchell Park Community Center [El Palo Alto Room] - 3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303


Cost:

$0


Description:

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.


Phone:

650-349-3000


Event Sponsor:

BAWSCA


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Comments:


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Date:

2017-04-29


Hours:

2.5


Location:

Burlingame Library - 480 Primrose Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010


Cost:

$0


Description:

“Catch that Rain!" It’s not too late to catch some rain this season, so come and learn how!  We’ll look at lots of ways to harvest and store rainwater, and explore how to use it later, either indoors or outdoors for irrigation. Then we’ll practice setting up a typical 55 gallon barrel for rainwater storage. Capturing and holding your rainwater also prevents it from running off, picking up pollutants, and flushing them to your local creek or the bay. Information about Energy Upgrade and Peninsula Clean Energy will be shared as well.


Phone:

650-349-3000


Event Sponsor:

BAWSCA


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Comments:


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Date:

2017-05-02


Hours:

2.5


Location:

Mountain View Public Library [Community Room] - 585 Franklin St, Mountain View, CA 94041


Cost:

$0


Description:

Part 3: Time to install! With your design complete, learn the steps necessary to put everything in the ground.


Phone:

650-349-3000


Event Sponsor:

BAWSCA


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Comments:


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Date:

2017-05-06


Hours:

3


Location:

Arrillaga Recreation Center [Oak Room] - 700 Alma St, Menlo Park, CA 94025


Cost:

$0


Description:

Learn how to reduce water needs for seasonal vegetable gardening by learning how to grow vegetables to harvest all summer long. This class will also cover how to incorporate organic maintenance techniques into seasonal vegetable gardening such as using compost and cover crops. Be prepared to go outside for a hands-on workshop! Bring gloves, a 6" minimum diameter plastic, acrylic, or glazed ceramic pot and take home your own planting.


Phone:

650-349-3000


Event Sponsor:

BAWSCA


Click to Register


Comments:


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Date:

2017-05-06


Hours:

3


Location:

Redwood City Public Works - 1400 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94062


Cost:

$0


Description:

Wondering how to make your irrigation system more water efficient? This class will discuss irrigation components, simple efficiency upgrades, how to choose an irrigation controller, setting up an irrigation schedule, and how to find a leak in your irrigation system.


Phone:

650-349-3000


Event Sponsor:

BAWSCA


Click to Register


Comments:


Click for more information


Date:

2017-05-06


Hours:

3


Location:

Guadalupe River Park Visitors Center - 438 Coleman Ave, San Jose, CA 95110


Cost:

$0


Description:

This class will discuss and demonstrate planting techniques associated with water-efficient and low-maintenance native and drought tolerant plants.  Learn how and why drought tolerant plants need less water, and how to plant and care for them. Discover the role of soil organisms and organic matter in maintaining plant health and improving your garden’s water-efficiency.


Phone:

650-349-3000


Event Sponsor:

BAWSCA


Click to Register


Comments:

Please call or go online to register!


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