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Fall Home & Garden Festival, Backyard Flock, Build a Scarecrow, Tamale Making 101, From Laundry to Landscape, Small Space Garden, and Gardening on a Rooftop


September 3, 2011 (Rancho San Diego)--The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College invites the public to enjoy its 2011 fall and winter events.  Gardening classes help residents save water and money by focusing on water-smart landscaping techniques and plants.  Classes are taught by professionals , with offerings for both adults and children. 


Scroll down for details on new classes sprouting up this season.


Pre-registration is required for all classes.  To enroll call 619-660-0614 x 10. For more information, visit www.thegarden.org.







Ask the Designer; Professional Landscape Design Consultations



The Water Conservation Garden offers 45-minute landscape design consultation services. A professional designer who focuses on drought tolerant landscapes will meet with you one-on-one. You will leave with a design plan and a list of suggested plants. Bring a photo of your house and the area you want to re-design, the dimensions of the space, and photos of design styles you like. Call for appointment availability, designer information and reservations. Additional dates will be added as needed. $60 Members, $75 Non-Members, call 619-660-0614 x10





Ask the Horticulturist Tour

First Sunday of the month at 9:30 am

September 4, October2, November 6, December 4

Enjoy an informative walk through the Garden with David Yetz, professional horticulturist. Bring your questions and prepare for an interesting tour from the perspective of someone who works in the Garden daily. Free.


Special Access Tour

Third Sunday of the month at 9:30 am

September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18

This special tour is offered monthly for individuals who may have difficulty navigating the terrain of the Garden.  You’ll explore the Garden from the comfort of the Verbeck Shuttle with David Yetz, Garden Horticulturist. This tour seats only 4-5 people. Free.  Advance reservations are required, no exceptions, please. 619-660-6841


Spanish Language Tours

The Water Conservation Garden now offers Spanish language tours of the Garden, by reservation only.

Please contact Elizabeth Ramos at 619-985-8337. Free. (Donations always appreciated to cover the cost of our Spanish speaking guides.)


Ms. Smarty-Plants School Field Trips and The Magic of Water Assemblies

The Garden’s own Ms. Smarty-Plants presents California state-standards-based school programs both at the Garden and at schools. Contact Pam Meisner for information about program fees and to make reservations; 619-660-0614 X 16


Home Owner Association Tours

Last Saturday of the month, 9:30 am

September 24, October 29, November 26

Tour the Garden and learn how to save water and money for your association by designing a drought tolerant landscape.

$5.00 per person. Reservations required, please call 619-660-6841









From Laundry to Landscape

Tuesday, September 20, 6:00-8:00 pm

Learn the basics principles of using grey water in this introductory class taught by Rosalind Haselback of Building Green Futures Co. You will learn how the regulations have changed to make it easier to irrigate with grey water. Rosalind will demonstrate the basics and answer all your grey water questions.

$15 Member $20 Non-Member


NEW! The Small Space Garden

Saturday, September 24, 10:00-noon

Whether you have a small condominium back yard, a side yard needing attention, a small area in your larger landscape, or a tiny lot this class is for you! Join landscape designer, Christiane Holmquist to learn the secrets of making the most of your small space garden. She will share beautiful visuals of small space gardens to inspire you!

$15  for Members, $20 Non-Member





NEW! The Backyard Flock (Special Members-Only Class; FREE)



Sunday, September 25, 1:00 pm


Raise farm fresh eggs in your own backyard! The Garden’s Education Director, Laurie Furry, will share all you need to know to start enjoying fresh eggs while keeping your flock happy and healthy.  Topics include legal chicken zones, choosing between chicks or laying hens, feed options, housing, and protection from predators and the benefits of home raised eggs.  You’ll meet a couple of little ladies from Laurie’s flock in this class and see a slide show of other interesting breeds available for a home flock.  FREE for Members (This class will be offered in November for Non-Members for a fee)





Firescaping with Native Plants



Thursday, September 9, 6:30-8:30 pm


Wednesday, September, 28, 6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for this important fire-wise gardening seminar with Greg Rubin, a native plant expert from California’s Own Native Landscape Design. You’ll be guided through the essentials of fire-wise landscaping using native plants, including plant identification and selection, proper placement and grouping, and native plant care.

$15 Members, $20 Non-Members.











The Garden’s Nursery Re-Opens!

Saturday, October 1, 9:00 am                                                                                        

Come browse the new fall selections at the Water Conservation Garden’s Nursery, just in time for fall planting!  Special savings for Garden members!




Tamale Making 101

Saturday, October 1, 9:00 am-12:30 pm

Explore the Latin American tradition of making delicious tamales for the holidays! You will learn a brief history of the tamale, then dive right into preparing masa, corn husks, and fillings to create two types of tamales, one with and one without meat. You will also learn to make a delicious Mexican Christmas punch. Each student will leave class with one dozen tamales, plus recipes. Ingredients in this class include meat broths and a variety of herbs and spices. Class size is limited, so please sign up early. $55 Members, $65 Non-Members.


Hillside Gardening

Thursday, October 13, 6:30-8:30pm

Landscape Designer Connie Beck will show you how to make the most of gardening on a slope! Topics include erosion control, proper plant choices, terracing, and plantings for retaining walls. A colorful slideshow of several San Diego hillside gardens will reveal the creative possibilities unique to this style of gardening.  $15 Members $25 Non-Member


Home Compost Workshop

Saturday, October 15, 10:00-noon

FREE home composting workshop taught by Certified Master Composters from the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation. Learn the basics of composting, how to compost with worms, and how to save water in the process. To register for this class, please call The Solana Center at (760)-436-7986, x217



NEW! Gardening on the Rooftop



Saturday, October 22, 9:30-11:00 am


You’ll learn more about the benefits of planting a green roof in this exciting new seminar. Rosalind Haselbeck, of Building Green Futures, Co. will share information about the insulation properties of a green roof, how they can minimize stormwater pollution while reducing the heat island effect, and  provide unique beautify to your home environment. Learn what questions to ask when hiring a contractor to install your green roof. Rosalind will discuss irrigation of the green roof and plants options to choose from.  $15 Members $25 Non-Member





Build a Scarecrow—a Family Class



Sunday, October 23, 10:30 am-noon                                                                                                                                                    


Get ready for fall decorating! Bring an old shirt, hat, pair of pants and other items to create your very own, unique scarecrow. The scarecrow framework, stuffing, additional materials and instruction are included in the class fee. We will be decorating our Kid's Zone for the Fall Garden Festival with scarecrows. You may take your scarecrow home or let it hang out at the Garden for the Festival!  One free Kid Zone ticket will be given to any family leaving a scarecrow for the festival on November 5!  All scarecrows must be picked up at the Garden by Sunday November 12.  $15 Members (one adult, one child) $25 Non-Member (one adult, one child) Extra adult or child, $5 eachpay at the door






Fall Garden and Home Festival

Saturday, November 5, 9:00am to 3:00 pm                                                                                                                                                     

Join us at the Fall Home and Garden Festival where vendors from throughout southern California will sell drought tolerant plants perfectly suited to your San Diego garden. A bounty of choices will include native plants, water smart perennials, succulents, trees, shrubs, herbs, and more.  New this year, the Ms. Smarty Plants Kidz Zone will feature loads of fun and games for the little ones, and Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy will join us to offer a sustainable homes expo and tour.  And, our “Ask the Experts” booths are  will be back to provide information from landscape designers, Master Composters, and other plant and gardening specialists who will help you cultivate your green thumb.


NEW! Secrets of the Best Designers

Tuesday, November 8, 6:30-8:30 pm

Learn the secrets of professional landscape design with local Landscape Designer, Connie Beck. She will introduce you to principles you need to know to design beautiful, functional, and low water landscapes you will enjoy for years. Connie will share an inspirational visual presentation to illustrate good design and help you to avoid pitfalls of owner-designed landscapes. $15 Members, $25 Non-Members



NEW! The Backyard Flock



Saturday, November 12, 10:30am-Noon



Raise farm fresh eggs in your own backyard! The Garden’s Education Director, Laurie Furry, will share all you need to know to start enjoying fresh eggs while keeping your flock happy and healthy.  Topics include legal chicken zones, choosing between chicks or laying hens, feed options, housing, and protection from predators and the benefits of home raised eggs.  You’ll meet a couple of little ladies from Laurie’s flock and see a slide show of other interesting breeds available.  $15 Members; $25 Non-Members






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