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Learn How to Drought-Proof Your Yard & Garden

Learn how to turn your property into an eco-friendly, low-water oasis! Solana Center’s Green Living Workshop Series offers workshops on drought-tolerant landscape design, greywater and rainwater harvesting this fall. 

These workshops will show participants how to reduce their water use, save money on their water bill and be more water-wise during the drought. Homeowners, landscape professionals and members of the community are all encouraged to attend. 

  • “Creative and Colorful Succulent Landscapes” from 10-11 a.m. on September 20th will teach participants how to replace their water-intensive lawn with a water-wise succulent landscape that is lush and colorful! The workshop will be taught by Melissa Teisl and Jon Hawley of Chicweed Landscape Design. County Supervisor, Dave Roberts is scheduled to give opening remarks and a representative from SDG&E will hand out free water-saving kits. 
  • “Greywater Demystified” from 10-11 a.m. on October 10th will show participants how to tap into waste water, which offers a stable, water source for irrigating plants during drought and is taught by RainThanks & Greywater Founder/CEO Candace Vanderhoff. 
  • “Watershed Gardens: Retain Rainwater and Reduce Runoff Pollution” from 10 -11 a.m. on November 8th will be led by Morgan Vondrak of Argia Designs. This workshop will include how to capture rainwater in the ground via permeable surfaces, mulch basins and swales instead of letting it run off. 

Solana Center’s Green Living Workshop Series provides practical, innovative and engaging workshops, led by industry professionals, to empower individuals to incorporate environmentally friendly practices into their lives and homes. 

As part of a partnership with the San Diego Botanic Garden, these workshops will be held at the San Diego Botanic Garden and participants are welcome to stay and explore the Garden. 

“The San Diego Botanic Garden is a perfect fit,” said Jessica Toth, Solana Center’s Executive Director. “Attend a workshop to learn how to live more sustainably and then enjoy the garden. What a wonderful way to spend a day!” 

Past Green Living Workshops have helped people reduce their energy usage, reduce exposure to toxic chemicals, make more sustainable food choices and more. 

Solana Center has provided waste diversion and environmental education in San Diego County for over 30 years. Although they left the recycling collection business in 1996 to focus their energies on community outreach, public education and creating new markets for recycled products, the word "Solana" has remained and is symbolic of their work in the broader community. In Spanish, Solana means "place where the light shines." 

Solana Center educational programs inspire and empower individuals to live sustainably, to reduce and rethink waste and to become change makers in the communities where they live. 

For more information or to register for these workshops visit or call (760) 436-7986. Venue address is San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr. Encinitas, CA 92024

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