With concerns about the current drought, along with the strong possibility of an El Niño, San Diego is ready to look to the landscape to provide solutions by:

  • Building healthy, living soil that acts like a sponge by absorbing water when we irrigate or it rains
  • Growing plants that thrive in our local weather conditions and ‘feed the local pollinators’
  • Collecting water from roofs and other hard surfaces, and redirecting it into the soil

Surfrider and G3 Green Gardens Group have teamed together, to partner with San Diego County Water Authority, the City of San Diego, the County of San Diego’s Watershed Protection Division, California American Water and the Association of Compost Producers, to promote the Watershed Approach to landscaping. The soon to be released ‘San Diego Sustainable Landscape Guidelines’ provide the backbone for a package of homeowner Hands On Design Seminars and Turf Removal workshops.

Design seminar 2Design Seminar

November 7, 2015 – Serra Mesa Library

Building on the lessons taught in the popular California Friendly Landscape Training class, our three hour Design Seminar will teach you the basics of plant selection, design aesthetics and plant water needs, followed by practice at designing YOUR landscape.

sheet mulch 1Turf Removal and Contouring For Rain Hands On Workshop

November 14, 2015 – North Clairemont

Learn best by doing? Let us show you in a real garden how to remove turf without the use of harmful chemicals, build healthy living soil, capture water from the roof and other hard surfaces and ‘slow it, spread it, sink it’ into the landscape. You will be able to replicate these steps in your own, or your neighbor’s, yard, and you will get the sense of accomplishment that comes with creating another of these beautiful water- and environment saving landscapes.

Professional Training

Ready to move beyond the homeowner level? We offer a two day EPA WaterSense Certified professional training in the Watershed Approach to Landscaping which covers the math and science behind the question “how much water does this landscape need?”

January 24 & 25, 2016 – San Diego

Sign up