Introduction to Sustainable Gardening Series - Fall 2017Sponsored by the San Francisco Public Utilities CommissionRegister for all three workshops (recommended)Part 1 - Sustainable Garden DesignPart 2 - Water-wise GardeningPart 3 - Organic Pest Control
Part 2 - Sustainable Garden DesignOctober 21st, 10am to 12pm
This workshop will take a detailed look at the many beautiful plants that grow well in San Francisco and how you can care for them without using large amounts of water. Say goodbye to struggling lawns and gray concrete!
San Francisco has a summer-dry climate, which means even if we are not in a drought, we have a 6-month dry season each year. Even so, there is an amazing palate of climate appropriate plants that will thrive in San Francisco without little or no summer water, which means you can protect our water resources while lowering your water bill.
During this workshop, our expert instructor will take you on a tour of the water wise gardens at GFE to highlight the plants that we have found to most successful for the San Francisco climate. We will also cover efficient ways to water your garden, how your garden can capture winter rains for the dry months, and how to grow a garden that blooms year round.
You’ll leave with a detailed list of plants that will do well in your garden and techniques you can use to grow them using as little water as possible.
What are my transportation/parking options?
Although there is street parking available, it can be challenging on weekends. Public transportation is frequent and nearby, so it's a great option! The 6, 36, 43, and 44, bus lines and the N Judah all run within a few blocks of the garden. Forest Hill Station is also nearby and you can take the 43 or 44 directly from there to the garden.
What should I bring to the workshop?
Classes are held outside in our teaching garden. We recommend bringing a hat and sunscreen, comfortable closed toed shoes, a full water bottle, and lots of layers. You may also want to bring a notebook to take notes on what you are learning and you are welcome to bring food and join us for a picnic lunch in the garden at noon.
Do you ever cancel workshops?
We try our best not to cancel, but if the weather forecast suggests it is very likely to be pouring rain, we will cancel the workshop and notify attendees by 5pm the day before. We do hold classes in drizzling weather, however, so come prepared with rain gear. We are also occasionally forced to cancel workshops due to other unforeseen circumstances. In any case, we will happily register you for another workshop or refund your workshop fee.