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Date:

2016-05-07


Hours:

9 AM - 12 PM


Location:

Nature's Inspiration Gardens within the Guadalupe Gardens Corner of W. Taylor St. and Walnut St. Free Parking on Seymour St. Walk to the north side of the man-made hill.


Cost:

Free


Description:

This workshop will demonstrate how to “sheet mulch” an established garden for natural weed suppression. Dress for the elements! Wear garden boots, a hat, sunscreen, etc... Tools will be provided.


Phone:

(408)793-5365 or (650)349-3000


Event Sponsor:

City of San Jose


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Comments:

Registration is not required, but suggested to make accommodations more realistic. Do not print out an event bright confirmation ticket; save a tree!


Date:

2016-05-14


Hours:

9 a.m - 12 p.m.


Location:

Sunnyvale Senior Center, Laurel Room 550 East Remington Drive Sunnyvale, CA 94086


Cost:

Free


Description:

Learn how to reduce water needs for seasonal vegetable gardening by learning how to grow “warm-season” vegetables harvest all summer long.


Phone:

(650) 349-3000


Event Sponsor:

City of Sunnyvale


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Date:

2016-05-07


Hours:

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Location:

Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto 94306


Cost:

$35 for one class, $50 for both Part 1 and Part 2


Description:

Do you dream of having a beautiful, sustainably designed garden? This is your chance to become a novice landscape designer. Morgan Vondrak, acclaimed landscaper designer, will teach you the basics in this course, covering a range of topics, including: ◾Basic landscape design ◾Layout of planting areas and outdoor living areas ◾Plant selection with a special focus on natives ◾Sustainable design concepts including rainwater harvesting ◾Q&A In order to design your own garden, you will need to bring graph paper/pad, pen/cils, a circle guide or compass, and a ruler to the class.


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Event Sponsor:

Common Ground Garden


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Comments:

Morgan Vondrak is is owner and lead designer at Argia Designs, a California landscape design and consultation firm specializing in sustainable landscape design for over ten years. A native Californian, Morgan has designed residential and commercial gardens, landscapes and hardscapes throughout California, and she has been featured in UT San Diego’s Home and Garden Magazine and won a “Best of Houzz 2015” award.


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Date:

2016-05-14


Hours:

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Location:

Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto 94306


Cost:

$35 for one class,$50 for both Part 1 and Part 2


Description:

Do you dream of creating your own beautiful, sustainably designed garden? This is your chance to become a novice landscape designer. Morgan Vondrak, acclaimed landscaper designer, will teach you how to design your own garden (up to 250 square feet.) You will get hands-on experience of… ◾Making your own landscape design sketch ◾Installing native plants in a demo design at Common Ground In order to design your own garden, you will need to bring a to-scale map on graph paper (created in the first class of this design course on 5/7/16), photographs of your garden landscape area, a list of chosen plant materials, and work clothes. (We will be digging and planting!)


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Event Sponsor:

Common Ground Garden


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Comments:

Morgan Vondrak is is owner and lead designer at Argia Designs, a California landscape design and consultation firm specializing in sustainable landscape design for over ten years. A native Californian, Morgan has designed residential and commercial gardens, landscapes and hardscapes throughout California, and she has been featured in UT San Diego’s Home and Garden Magazine and won a “Best of Houzz 2015” award.


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Date:

2016-05-21


Hours:

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Location:

Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto 94306


Cost:

Only $5 thanks to the City of Palo Alto PublicWorks-Watershed Protection and the Our Water, Our World program!


Description:

Learn tips and techniques that will help you transform your yard into a safe oasis for pollinators of all sorts. Come to this garden class to find out ways to bring the pollinators in and keep them healthy once they are there.


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Event Sponsor:

Common Ground Garden, City of Palo Alto PublicWorks-Watershed Protection and the Our Water, Our World program!


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Comments:

Brought to you by the City of Palo Alto PublicWorks–Watershed Protection, Common Ground Garden, and the Our Water, Our World program. Taught by Teresa Lavell, a certified IPM Advocate who works with water agencies in the Bay Area to promote cleaner waterways by educating home gardeners on less-toxic solutions for their gardening problems.


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Date:

2016-05-14


Hours:

10:00 am -1:00 pm


Location:

Environmental Innovation Center 1608 Las Plumas Ave, San Jose, CA 95133


Cost:

Free


Description:

Learn methods for harvesting rainwater and capturing household gray water for using in your garden and landscape. Discover techniques for assembling and maintaining an inexpensive system and storage methods for storing rainwater and using it as irrigation. Capturing rainwater also reduces water run-off containing pollutants from entering our waterways.


Phone:

408 794-6768


Event Sponsor:

City of San Jose-Municipal Water


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Date:

2016-05-21


Hours:

10 a.m. to Noon


Location:

Emma Prusch Park Meeting Hall, 647 S. King Road, San Jose, CA 95116


Cost:

FREE


Description:

Have you ever wondered what to do with all your food waste? How about feeding it to worms? Join us for a look at a unique method of managing home kitchen scraps, which turns trash into a valuable treasure – gardener’s black gold. Vermicomposting is the practice of feeding worms food scraps and in turn they produce a beneficial soil amendment called worm castings. At this workshop you will learn to build, maintain and troubleshoot a worm bin. For beginners to experienced composters, this workshop will be an opportunity to explore and ask an expert questions about composting using worms. I bet you never had a pet this productive!


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.


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Event Sponsor:

Los Altos Public Library


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Comments:

Registration not required


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9 AM - 12 PM, Nature's Inspiration Gardens within the Guadalupe Gardens Corner of W. Taylor St. and Walnut St. Free Parking on Seymour St. Walk to the north side of the man-made hill.

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto 94306

9 a.m - 12 p.m., Sunnyvale Senior Center, Laurel Room 550 East Remington Drive Sunnyvale, CA 94086

10:00 am -1:00 pm, Environmental Innovation Center 1608 Las Plumas Ave, San Jose, CA 95133

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto 94306

10:00 am -1:00 pm, Environmental Innovation Center 1608 Las Plumas Ave, San Jose, CA 95133