October 17, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The Garden will offer a new class, Gardening on a Rooftop on Saturday, October 22, 9:30-11:30am, and will feature a permeable pavement seminar during its Fall Garden and Home Festival on November 5. Check the event’s website, www.gardenandhomefest.org for an updated seminar schedule as the festival nears.
Homeowners can further help reduce urban runoff by planting a green, living roof. Green roofs provide a unique aesthetic while expanding growing space and reducing energy costs associated with heating and cooling. A green roof requires professional installation and assessment by an engineer to ensure proper support of the added weight. Jim Mumford of GreenScaped Buildings and roofer Ulf Waldmann oversaw the installation of The Garden’s green roof system. A straw bale house forms the base for the roof, illustrating the use of sustainable materials for building purposes. Advantages of straw-bale construction over conventional building systems include the renewable nature of straw, low cost, easy availability, and high insulation value. Willow Lane Construction of San Diego built and stuccoed the straw bale house.
About the Water Conservation Garden;
Opened in 1999, the Garden is dedicated to promoting water conservation in the southern California landscape through excellent exhibits and programs that educate and inspire the public. The Garden is supported by memberships, donations, grants, and water agency support. For more information, please visitwww.thegarden.org or call 619-660-0614x10.