These FREE, three-hour online workshops will give you the skills and knowledge to create a yard that loves San Diego as much as you do! Each workshop, taught by a local landscape design professional, focuses on specific landscape topics with a “do-it-yourself” approach:
- landscape design
- soil identification and health
- turf types and removal tips
- plant selection
- rainwater catchment
- irrigation retrofits
- project installation
- landscape maintenance
All workshops are held online and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Weekday workshops are held from 5:30 to 8:30 pm and Saturday workshops from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
These workshops are funded in part by the County of San Diego Watershed Protection Program. If you live in unincorporated San Diego County, you may be eligible for additional incentives through the Waterscape Rebate Program.
Three-Hour Workshop Schedule
Learn more about each workshop and click on a workshop title below to view the slide presentation.
Plan Ahead: Understanding Soil and Site Assessments. This workshop will introduce you to the steps needed to turn water-thirsty turf into a beautiful and sustainable landscape that is climate-appropriate and will thrive in our region. Our landscape expert will show you the steps required to rethink, redesign and renovate your landscape with a focus on site assessments, base sheet development and understanding the important role of healthy soil in a successful landscape.
Design: Shape Your Space. Ensuring your new landscape is well-integrated into your personal lifestyle is the goal of this session. Our landscape expert will show you how to plan for the functionality of your new space and provide tips to achieve a design style that fits your personal style.
Plants: Inspiring Choices for Our Region. This session illustrates how a low-water-use landscape can be an upgrade, not a compromise. Our landscape expert will teach you about plants and why some are more water efficient than others. You’ll be introduced to attractive, WaterSmart plant palettes and learn how to research and choose plants that fit your design theme.
Water & Irrigation: Utilizing a Precious Resource. This session will give you strategies to use our limited water sources wisely, including integrating stormwater capture elements into your landscape and conserving water through simple irrigation system retrofits. Our landscape expert’s goal is to help you create a sustainable landscape that loves San Diego as much you.
Installation & Maintenance: Protecting Your Investment. After planning your new garden space, it’s time to learn how to protect your investment. Our landscape expert will give you strategies for success when removing your turf, installing your new landscape and maintaining it. You’ll learn how to minimize your water use and maximize your enjoyment of an outdoor space that suits your lifestyle.