RSVP for FREE New Water Wise Gardening Classes!

waterwise-logoIn 2010, the City of Ventura in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation held the   first FREE Water Wise Gardening Class Series which was aimed at informing Ventura Water residents on how they could help promote environmental sustainability in their landscape, conserve local water resources, reduce green waste production, curb water pollution and protect our oceans, as well as save money on their water bill.  The series was so successful, often times with standing room only, that the City took note that residents were keen on learning more about these water wise topics.

To that end, the City has since procured special grants and community partners to help support and promote the free ongoing class series with classes being held once (sometimes more) a month on Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., except during late summer and the winter holidays, when most residents are unavailable.

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This past August 2015 kicked another new water wise series.  A class overview includes: August 29:How to Successfully Complete Your Garden Retrofit in 120 Days” (Navigating the new Water Wise Incentive Program application process and garden retrofit on time), September 12: “Right Plant, Right Place”(Where and how to plant native plants), October 10: “Composting & Healthy Soils with Dr. Rot” (Identifying your soil type and how to compost to create a rich soil), October 24: “Ocean Friendly Gardens Workshop” (A hands-on workshop using rainwater as a resource), November 21: “Rainwater Harvesting and Laundry to Landscape Graywater Reuse” (How to install a rain barrel and using laundry water instead of drinking water in your garden), December 5: “Ask an Irrigation Professional with Ewing Irrigation” (An A to Z opportunity to find out and ask any questions you may have regarding landscape irrigation watering methods and systems as well as how to program irrigation timers).

Environmental Specialist Jill Sarick talks to a full house at the FREE Water Wise Class held Saturday, October 12 in Ventura.

Environmental Specialist Jill Sarick talks to a full house at the FREE Water Wise Class

Each class will be presented by an esteemed industry professional with expertise in the area the present.  Attendees also have the opportunity to mix, mingle and network, ask questions and enjoy complimentary refreshments before and after all class presentations.  Informative literature and usable handouts are provided at all classes.  Additionally, when appropriate for class demonstrations, devices are available for hands-on experience.

“Each class in the series is intended to build on the other,” said City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Jill Santos.  “So in essence, it’s a library of information and of resources for the homeowner to use to improve the sustainability of their landscape and the efficiency of their outdoor irrigation system.”

“What’s really wonderful about this series is that the community has really come together, especially since the drought,” continued Santos.  “Many working professionals have donated their time and resources to help educate the public on sustainable practices, and that’s really what it’s all about if were are going to have community sustainability and longevity.”

Maryann Ridini Spencer for SustainableVentura.TV

WATCH the Sustainable Ventura Interview with Jill Santos about the New Water Wise Series

Class Series List – CLICK links to Register (each will have a link)

August 29 – How to Successfully Complete Your Garden Retrofit in 120 Days
September 12 – Right Plant – Right Place with Nature by Design
October 10 – Composting & Healthy Soils with Dr. Rot – at Green Thumb (partner for the event)
TBD: 10/24 – Ocean Friendly Gardens – Hands-on Workshop Using Rainwater as a Resource at Juanamaria Elementary School
November 21 – Rainwater Harvesting and Laundry to Landscape Graywater reuse
December 5 – Ask an Irrigation Professional with Ewing Irrigation

All classes are held at 336 Sanjon Road – City Maintenance Yard except for the Composting Class, which is held at Green Thumb Nursery on 1899 S Victoria Ave., Ventura, CA

For more information, contact: (805) 652-4501

Apply for the Water Wise Incentive Program:

http://www.cityofventura.net/waterwise/incentiveprogram

Also visit:

Visit:  http://cityofventura.net/waterwisegardeningclasses and  http://cityofventura.net/waterwise

Learn How To Use the Watershed-Friendly Approach – MORE FREE CLASSES!

 

headerWaterWiseGardensLearn for FREE how to use the watershed-friendly approach in your garden.  The five-part workshop series will be held on Saturdays, September-October 2015, at the Ventura County Government Center.  Discover how to design, mulch, grade and plant for the efficient use of rainwater and the elimination of the long-term need for irrigation.  You’ll be an expert water-conserving gardener in no time!

Workshop One:  Watershed Basics Class, Saturday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m.Before

Workshop Two:  Evaluating Your Garden Site, Saturday September 26th, 9am

Workshop Three:  Designing Your Landscape, Saturday October 10th, 9am

Workshop Four:  Turf Removal, Saturday October 17th, 9am

Workshop Five:  Planting and Irrigating, Saturday October 24th, 9am

For details and registration information visit the link below and navigate to September and October to view the calendar!

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www.watershedwisetraining.com/class-calendar/

RSVP TODAY, FREE Water Wise Gardens Class, Saturday, March 7

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Reserve your seat today for the FREE Water Wise Gardens Class (“Water Wise Gardening and Lawn Alternatives with Lisa Burton), Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10am to 11:30am at the City of Ventura Public Works Sanjon Maintenance Yard at 336 Sanjon Road, Ventura.waterwise-logo

Rethink the traditional American lawn 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: https://waterwisegardens.eventbrite.com

The classes are presented by the City of Ventura, Ventura Water, Ewing and Green Thumb International/Ventura.  Check out the full schedule, click here.

Also visit, cityofventura.net/water/landscape

Listen to the PODCAST from the FREE Water Wise Class:  Ocean Friendly Gardens

Listen to the FREE PODCAST

 

LISTEN TO THE WATER WISE PODCAST with Jill Santos: LISTEN, CLICK HERE.

Mark Your Calendars for the Upcoming FREE Water Wise Class Series

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An Ocean Friendly Garden in Ventura

Mark your calendars and Save the Dates for the 2015 Water Wise Gardening Class series! Classes, presented by the City of Ventura, Ventura Water, Ewing and Green Thumb International/Ventura, begin Saturday, March 7, 2015, and always take place from 10:00am-11:30 am.waterwise-logo

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).

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.

March 7: Water Wise Gardens (Sanjon) – Rethink the traditional American lawn 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: https://waterwisegardens.eventbrite.com

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). Discover how to create a potent compost tea and the many ways to encourage beneficial insects into your garden. RSVP: https://compostingvegetables.eventbrite.com

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. RSVP: https://graywaterrainwater.eventbrite.com

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. RSVP: https://irrigationcontrollers101.eventbrite.com

Space is limited, so RSVP for your place TODAY!

 

Water Events This Weekend! Join Us!

Join Ventura Water for some great events this weekend!

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23rd Annual “Fall Show” Ventura Home & Garden Show, September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 – Visit the Ventura Water booth!

at Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds

Friday Noon to 6pm

Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday 10:00 am  to 5:00 pm

For more information, visit: http://www.capitalshowcase.com/ventura.html

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FREE Water Wise Class  – “Rainwater Harvesting & Laundry-to-Landscape Graywater,” Saturday, September 20, 2014

10:30am to 11:00 pm

at the City of Sanjon Maintenance Yard

RESERVE YOUR SEAT, HERE.

Also visit:  CityofVentura.net/water/landscape

 

Water Saving Tip: Group Plants with similar watering needs in the same area

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The Environmental Protection Agency indicates the average American household uses 320 gallons of water per day, about 30% of which is devoted to outdoor use.  As much as 50% of the water we use outdoors is wasted by inefficient watering methods and systems.

One great TIP to conserve water in your landscape is to group plants with similar watering needs in the same area.  To find out more about the plants pictured above, CLICK HERE to visit the Ventura Water Saving Plant Interactive Site.

Also REGISTER for the FREE Water Wise Gardening Class Series starting March 1, 2014.  Attend one free class or attend them all, CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.