PODCAST: 2017 FREE Gardening Classes

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Beginning February 2017, the City of Ventura presents NEW Gardening Classes consisting of seminars and workshops once a month on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Environmental Specialist Haili Matsukawa shares information about this popular series, which is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC with an RSVP.

To find out more about the 2017 Gardening Classes and to REGISTER to reserve your place for classes and workshops, visit: VenturaWater.net and navigate to the Gardening Classes Icon.

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Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers = SMART & Water Wise Yard Maintenance

Do you know the difference between a traditional Irrigation Controller vs. a Weather-Based Irrigation Controller? There’s a BIG DIFFERENCE.  WATCH this “Sustainable Ventura News” segment to find out how you can conserve as much as 13,500 gallons of water per year per household!

Are you a City of Ventura resident interested in awesome rebates offered with the Water Wise 2.0 Incentive Program, visit:  VenturaWater.net and removeyourturf.com

Watch Sustainable Ventura News at Ventura County Star online on the NEWS & LIFESTYLE pages (and also SEARCH “Sustainable Ventura” or “Maryann Ridini Spencer” at http://vcstar.com)

Sustainable Ventura TV News is reported by Maryann Ridini Spencer and airs on Caps-TV VTV’s Channel 15, Thursdays at 8:30pm. It rebroadcasts Monday-Thursday and Saturdays at 9:00am, Sundays at 8:30pm and every other Wednesday at 8:30pm.


Don’t Wait to UPDATE your landscape!

Why wait to update your landscape?  Take advantage of available funds while you can!ww2-0

We invite you to participate in the City of Ventura’s Water Wise 2.0 Incentive Program. Remove your turf and receive $2 per square foot, up to 1,600 square feet for residential properties (for a max of $3,200) and up to 3,200 square feet for commercial/multi-family properties (for a max of $6,400). Funds are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis! If you are having trouble moving forward with your project, Ventura Water is here to help. Follow these five easy steps to get started:

  1. Go to www.removeyourturf.com and click “Apply Online Now” to set up an account.
  2. Provide a water bill.
  3. Include photos of your landscape and irrigation system.
  4. Draw a site plan (see below or click here to view).
  5. Provide list of new plants (see below or click here to view).

Don’t get too caught up in the details. Designing a plan for your yard can be quick and easy! We are able to connect you with a landscape professional and also encourage do-it-yourself landscape projects! Resources are available for those of you looking to DIY. Site plans can be self-generated and plant lists can be simple.

Visit www.venturacountygardening.com for ideas and examples. Make sure to review the incentive program terms and conditions. For more information on native and climate-appropriate plants for Ventura, visit www.venturacountygardening.com or click here.


From Ventura Water’s December 2017 Pipeline Newsletter

RSVP Today for the FREE Water Wise Gardening Class Sat. Nov 19, 2016 – Right Plant. Right Place.


Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. To 11:30 a.m., the City hosts the FREE Water Wise Gardening Class, “California Natives, Mediterranean, Drought Tolerant? Right Plant: Right Place.” at the Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 San Jon Road, Ventura.  RSVP FOR YOUR SEAT: http://bit.ly/2fILmti

FREE Ocean Friendly Gardens and Integrated Design Class, Sat. Oct. 22, 10am in Ventura

Don’t miss your opportunity for a Free Ocean Friendly Garden Class coming up this Saturday.

RSVP today for

Ocean Friendly Gardens and Integrated Design



Date:  Sat, October 22, 2016

Time:  10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PDT

Location:  Ventura Avenue Adult Center (VAAC, 550 N. Ventura Ave, Ventura, 93001)

Ocean Friendly Gardens conserve water and habitat, increase permeability to slow water down and retain water for reuse. Integrating greywater and rainwater harvesting can maximize your water supply on-site.  RSVP HERE.


FREE Water Wise Gardening Class – Water Wise Watering, September 21, 10am at the Sanjon Yard


FREE Water Wise Gardening Class

“Watering Wise Watering”

Saturday, Septeber 24, 2016


City of Ventura Public Works Maintenance Yard

336 Sanjon Road

Terrified of your timer?  Dumbfounded with drip?  Come learn from the experts from Ewing, Toro and Aquaflo to find out how to water your landscape most efficiently!

FREE, RSVP here at Eventbrite (seating is limited):  http://bit.ly/2cOpj2N


FREE Water Wise Gardening Class, Sat. June 4 “Designing and Maintaining Your Water Wise Garden”

Water Wise Class

Are you overwhelmed with the idea of designing a water wise garden? Learn how to incorporate principles of design, such as unity, line, form, texture, color, scale and balance. We will have local landscape designers on hand and we suggest your bring pictures and sketches of your yard.

DATE:  Saturday, June 4, 2016

TIME: 10:00-11:30 a.m.

LOCATION: City of Ventura Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road, Ventura, CA 93001


FREE Water Wise Class April 30: Compost & Healthy Soils

Register Now for FREE Water Wise Gardening Classes for 2016!

Sign-up now for FREE Saturday morning Water Wise classes through November. All classes are held on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. These classes are practical and offer hands-on fun. Sign up here.

  • April 30: Compost & Healthy Soils ~ Healthy soil and compost help to retain water and suppress weeds, and can even act as a carbon sink. There are more than a billion living critters in just one teaspoon of living, healthy soil. This class will be held at Cornucopia Gardens on Telegraph Road between Johnson Drive and Ramelli Avenue.

For more information, visit: http://www.cityofventura.net/waterwisegardeningclasses

To RSVP for the FREE “Compost and Healthy Soil”  CLASS on April 30, CLICK HERE.