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Education Program - Workshops and Professional Training

Ditch Your Lawn!
Beautiful Landscapes for a Water-Wise Future

Southern California Garden Club

Presented by the CNPS Plant Science Training Program, in conjunction with Southern California Garden Club

October 29-30, 2015
Sepulveda Garden Center, Encino, CA

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Did you know that the average 1,000 square foot lawn requires 30,000 gallons of water per year to maintain? You can help save water during the drought by replacing your thirsty lawn with native plants! Well-chosen California natives can use up to 75% less water than traditional turf lawns, and with a native plant landscape, you will have a beautiful garden that you - and your local birds and butterflies - will be sure to enjoy year round.

This workshop will provide you with the knowledge and resources you need to convert your lawn into a flourishing, low-water native plant garden. We'll teach you about the environmental benefits of gardening with natives and creating natural wildlife habitats, and how you can save time on yard maintenance, as you reduce your water bill. You'll learn step-by-step how to plan a new native plant garden, remove your existing lawn, install your new native plants, and then maintain them for years to come.

Target Audience: Homeowners, landscapers, urban planners, gardening enthusiasts, and anyone else who would like to learn how to replace their lawn with beautiful, water-saving California native plants. No prior knowledge or experience is required. National Garden Clubs' Consultant refresher credit will be offered.



Registration is now open! Last day to sign up is Thursday, October 22. Click here to sign up now.

Registration fees are discounted for CNPS and Southern California Garden Club members. To join CNPS, visit To join Southern California Garden Club, visit

Please note: class size is limited to 60 participants. Pre-registration is required.

  Date CNPS Members SCGC Members Non-members
Ditch Your Lawn! Oct 29-30 $75 $75 $95

Cancellation policy: The last day to cancel your registration and receive any refund is Thursday, October 15, 2015. Refunds may be subject to processing fees. Please send cancellation requests by e-mail to Becky Reilly, Click here for more details on the cancellation policy for CNPS workshops.



Thursday, Oct 29, 2015
Overview, planning, removal
8:30 am Meet at Sepulveda Garden Center, light breakfast and coffee will be provided
9:00 a.m. Light breakfast, Introduction & Overview
Benefits of ditching your lawn
Benefits of native plant gardening
10:00 a.m. Planning your new garden
You will learn to organize your space and draw your new design, and the basics of how to create a site plan with a long-term view in mind. Learn how to plan for watering, including using rainwater, and plan and install your new garden's irrigation. Learn where and how to select and buy plants, and how to install hardscaping.
12:00 p.m. Lunch break (lunch will be provided)
1:00 p.m. How to remove your lawn
You will pick the appropriate method for removing your lawn, which will vary based on the type of grass you have. Learn best practices for clearing weeds and making space for your new habitat.
2:30 pm Review planning and removal, Q&A
3:00 pm End of Day 1

Friday, Oct 30, 2015
Installation & Maintenance

8:30 am Meet at Sepulveda Garden Center, light breakfast and coffee will be provided >
9:00 a.m. Review planning and removal steps, questions from Day 1
9:30 a.m. Installing your new landscaping
You'll plan for your planting day, and learn planting and mulching tips, such as when and what kind of mulch to use, the size of the planting hole, and watering strategies. Learn habitat considerations to attract beautiful birds, butterflies, and other wildlife that will benefit your plants.
11:00 a.m. Maintaining your garden
You will learn best practices for pruning, controlling weeds, and replacement planting. Seasonal maintenance, troubleshooting, and other strategies for long-term garden success and enjoyment will be covered to ensure you'll enjoy your new garden for years to come.
12:00 pm Lunch break (lunch will be provided)
1:00 pm Maintaining your garden (continued)
2:30 pm Review, Q&A, complete workshop evaluations
3:00 pm End of workshop

*Exact times may be subject to minor changes.

Materials Provided: Participants will be provided with relevant handouts, including local native plant lists, and a list of local native plant nurseries and seed providers.

Location: This workshop will be held at the Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd, Encino, CA 91436.


Want to know about other National Garden Clubs' Consultant Refresher Courses in 2015?
Visit and click on "NGC Schools Calendar."

If you have questions about this or any other CNPS workshops, please contact Becky Reilly, CNPS Events Coordinator, at 916-447-2677 x207 or

View the complete schedule of CNPS 2015 Plant Science Workshops

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