New Water Wise Gardening Class Series teaches residents to be more sustainable and self-sufficient

Water Wise ClassesFREE Water Wise Gardening Classes start Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:00am-11:30am

“As we head into our fourth year of this drought in California, it remains critical that residents are vigilant about conserving water,” said City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Jill Santos.  “The new water wise class series, which began Saturday, March 7, offers participants several ways to be more drought-resilient by increasing awareness of climate-independent sources of water on their own properties.”

The FREE water wise classes presented by the City of Ventura, Ventura Water, Ewing Irrigation and Green Thumb Nursery, on select Saturdays, 10:00am – 11:30am, from March through June 2015, are open to the public and will take place at the City of Ventura’s Sanjon Public Works Maintenance Yard (336 Sanjon Road), or at Green Thumb Nursery (1899 South Victoria Avenue).

This year’s array of exciting classes presented by esteemed industry professionals, promote efficient water use in landscapes, protection of our local water supply, reduction of green waste production, and information and appreciation of climate-appropriate, native plants. Attendees also have the opportunity to mix, mingle, network, and enjoy complimentary refreshments before and after all class presentations.

“The classes are free, and people can take one or more classes,” said Santos.  “However, for those participants who take all the classes, they’ll learn all about the benefits of “re-wilding ” their urban landscapes by planting native and climate adapted species of plants, how to conserve water, energy and habitat by increasing the permeability and retention of their gardens, and ways to tap into sources of graywater and rainwater for additional water supplies and increase their soil’s water-holding-capacity using homemade compost, while also decreasing water waste with the application of high efficiency water saving devices.”

“Our aim is to demonstrate how all of these actions, taken as a whole, or individually, can afford property owners to become more sustainable and self-sufficient — in effect, the “new normal” for Southern California,” added Santos.


Water wise classes, which are FREE and open to the public, will be held at the City of Ventura’s Sanjon Public Works Maintenance Yard (336 Sanjon Road) or at Green Thumb Nursery (1899 South Victoria Avenue) from 10:30am to 11:30am. Space is limited. Reserve your seat today!

March 7: Water Wise Gardens (Sanjon) – Rethink the traditional American lawn with Lisa Burton from Nature by Design, when you learn about gorgeous turf alternatives and native, climate appropriate plants. In this class, you’ll also find out how to convert your spray irrigation to drip! RSVP:

April 11: Composting & Vegetable Gardening (Green Thumb) – Find out how to create a healthy biology for your lawn in order to encourage water CPR (conservation, permeability, retention). Green Thumb Nursery experts and local compost gurus Paul Vaksvic and Jason Brock share how to create a potent compost teas and healthy homemade compost in addition to the many ways to encourage beneficial insects into your garden. RSVP:

May 2: Graywater & Rainwater Harvesting (Sanjon)  – It’s so easy.  Learn how to set up a laundry-to-landscape graywater system as well as how to install a rain garden (and rain barrel) to capture precious water.  Experts from city and county Building Departments and local landscaper, Laura Maher from Eco-Restoration Partners will lead this class. RSVP:

June 6: Control Your Controllers (Sanjon) – Irrigation Scheduling 101 – Everything you always wanted to know about how to set and operate your smart controller and keep up with the latest water compliance codes and restrictions. Join the irrigation professionals from Ewing Irrigation for this hands-on and informative class. RSVP:

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