The City of Napa teams with other local agencies to sponsor free Water-Wise Landscaping Workshops made possible by the expertise of the UC Master Gardeners, the California Native Plant Society Napa Valley Chapter, and area professionals. Topics are designed for Napa Valley residents interested in maintaining and beautifying their landscape while minimizing their water use. The workshops feature expert presenters, free water-saving tools, literature, topical door prizes, and the latest on state and local rebate programs. Water conservation is a way of life in California. Outdoor efficiency remains the key to our water future.
Stay tuned for our next workshop series in 2019!
Highlights of our completed Fall 2018 Water-Wise Landscaping Workshop Series:
September 12: Smart Watering Strategies
After some seasonal tips on "taking control of your controller" to avoid lawn overwatering, Harmony Farm Supply staff solved the mysteries of drip irrigation, the most efficient water delivery system for most plants. Real-life drip applications were discussed and system components were be displayed. All attendees enjoyed some hands-on practice. View the September 12 Presentation Slides (PDF).
September 19: Soils, Mulches, and More
Following a summary of the eight principles of water-wise landscaping, local Master Gardeners thoroughly reviewed our local soils and how to improve them with aeration, amendments, and mulch. The "sheet mulching" technique for lawn removal was highlighted, along with ways to capture rainwater and design an effective rain garden. The landscape design concept of hydrozones was introduced. View the September 19 Presentation Slides (PDF).
September 26: Choosing the Right Plants
Landscape architect Jennifer de Graaf demonstrated that water-efficient is anything but boring. Colorful and beautiful tree, shrub, perennial, grass, vine, and groundcover species were discussed, along with landscape design principles. Dozens of plants were on hand for viewing, including California natives. "Cash for Grass" rebates and local demonstration gardens were publicized. View the September 26 Presentation Slides (PDF).