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Events:

Thursday, April 28th
Compost Basics Workshop
Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. As the drought worsens and the climate warms, home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot, exploring why something that so many are repulsed by might in fact be the way we save the planet.

Saturday, April 30th
Compost Basics Workshop
Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. As the drought worsens and the climate warms, home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot, exploring why something that so many are repulsed by might in fact be the way we save the planet.

Saturday, April 30th
Native Plant Sale
Scores of species of California native plants well-suited for our gardens and wildlife will be on sale at Hidden Villa Ranch on April 30. Native plant books, posters, and note cards will also be on sale. This sale is organized by the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). Come early for the best selection. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted. Bring boxes to carry purchases home. Free parking. No pets.

Saturday, May 7th
Sheet Mulching with Sherri Osaka
This workshop will demonstrate how to “sheet mulch” an established garden for natural weed suppression. Dress for the elements! Wear garden boots, a hat, sunscreen, etc... Tools will be provided.

Saturday, May 7th
Designing Your Garden Space: Part One
Do you dream of having a beautiful, sustainably designed garden? This is your chance to become a novice landscape designer. Morgan Vondrak, acclaimed landscaper designer, will teach you the basics in this course, covering a range of topics, including: ◾Basic landscape design ◾Layout of planting areas and outdoor living areas ◾Plant selection with a special focus on natives ◾Sustainable design concepts including rainwater harvesting ◾Q&A In order to design your own garden, you will need to bring graph paper/pad, pen/cils, a circle guide or compass, and a ruler to the class.

Funding Agencies

Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program

Recycling & Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County


Participating Agencies

City of Cupertino

City of Los Altos

Town of Los Altos Hills

City of Milpitas

City of Mountain View

City of Palo Alto

City of San Jose

City of Santa Clara

Santa Clara County

Santa Clara Valley Water District

City of Sunnyvale

West Valley Communities (Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga)

Date:

2016-05-07


Hours:

9 AM - 12 PM


Location:

Nature's Inspiration Gardens within the Guadalupe Gardens Corner of W. Taylor St. and Walnut St. Free Parking on Seymour St. Walk to the north side of the man-made hill.


Cost:

Free


Description:

This workshop will demonstrate how to “sheet mulch” an established garden for natural weed suppression. Dress for the elements! Wear garden boots, a hat, sunscreen, etc... Tools will be provided.


Phone:

(408)793-5365 or (650)349-3000


Event Sponsor:

City of San Jose


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Comments:

Registration is not required, but suggested to make accommodations more realistic. Do not print out an event bright confirmation ticket; save a tree!


Date:

2016-04-28


Hours:

6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.


Location:

Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor Ctr, 438 Coleman Ave., San Jose 95110


Cost:

FREE


Description:

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. As the drought worsens and the climate warms, home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot, exploring why something that so many are repulsed by might in fact be the way we save the planet.


Phone:

(408) 918-4640


Event Sponsor:

Compost Education Program


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Date:

2016-04-30


Hours:

10:00 a.m. - Noon


Location:

Morgan Hill Community Center and Cultural Center, Diana Murphy Room, 17000 Monterey Rd., Morgan Hill, CA 95037


Cost:


Description:

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. As the drought worsens and the climate warms, home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot, exploring why something that so many are repulsed by might in fact be the way we save the planet.


Phone:

(408) 918-4640


Event Sponsor:

Compost Education Program


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Date:

2016-05-07


Hours:

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Location:

Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto 94306


Cost:

$35 for one class, $50 for both Part 1 and Part 2


Description:

Do you dream of having a beautiful, sustainably designed garden? This is your chance to become a novice landscape designer. Morgan Vondrak, acclaimed landscaper designer, will teach you the basics in this course, covering a range of topics, including: ◾Basic landscape design ◾Layout of planting areas and outdoor living areas ◾Plant selection with a special focus on natives ◾Sustainable design concepts including rainwater harvesting ◾Q&A In order to design your own garden, you will need to bring graph paper/pad, pen/cils, a circle guide or compass, and a ruler to the class.


Phone:


Event Sponsor:

Common Ground Garden


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Comments:

Morgan Vondrak is is owner and lead designer at Argia Designs, a California landscape design and consultation firm specializing in sustainable landscape design for over ten years. A native Californian, Morgan has designed residential and commercial gardens, landscapes and hardscapes throughout California, and she has been featured in UT San Diego’s Home and Garden Magazine and won a “Best of Houzz 2015” award.


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Date:

2016-04-30


Hours:

10 AM to 3 PM


Location:

Hidden Villa Ranch is located at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, 2 miles west of I-280


Cost:

Free


Description:

Scores of species of California native plants well-suited for our gardens and wildlife will be on sale at Hidden Villa Ranch on April 30. Native plant books, posters, and note cards will also be on sale. This sale is organized by the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). Come early for the best selection. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted. Bring boxes to carry purchases home. Free parking. No pets.


Phone:


Event Sponsor:

CNPS-SCV


Comments:

See the plant list at http://cnps-scv.org/images/stories/nursery/current-plant-list.pdf


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