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Garden Sustainably in Times of Drought
updated: May 13, 2014, 3:00 PM

Source: City of Santa Barbara

With drought conditions causing many gardeners to reevaluate their watering practices, UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Barbara County has decided to focus on helping teach locals to manage their water use. As part of Public Gardens Appreciation Month, the Master Gardeners will be offering tours and workshops with an eye to capturing the imagination of local homeowners and supporting them in their efforts to reduce water use.

"There are ways to manage water and cut your water use significantly without killing your plants, " said Lesley Wiscomb, Chairman of the Executive Committee for the Master Gardeners, emphasizing that the events planned for Saturdays in May will be fun but also useful for homeowners and gardening enthusiasts. "Navigating our drought is an educational process. That's the key."

The Master Gardens, in partnership with the City of Santa Barbara's Parks and Recreation Department and the Santa Barbara Public Gardens Partnership, will host three events, one on each of the remaining Saturdays in May.

Saturday, May 17 Garden Tour of the Masters Cost: $30 / Morning or Afternoon Tour Sessions Tickets: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=12674

Saturday, May 24

Water in Your Garden: Friend or Foe? UCCE Master Gardeners Workshop with Cathie Pare, City Water Resources Specialist Cost: Free / 10am (9:30am registration at the Louise Lowry Davis Center) Information: sbpublicgardens.org

Saturday, May 31

Beautiful Garden Designs for Drought UCCE Master Gardeners Workshop with Billy Goodnick, Author and Landscape Architect Cost: Free / 10am (9:30am registration at the Louise Lowry Davis Center) Information: sbpublicgardens.org

About the UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Barbara County: The UC Master Gardeners are trained certified volunteers that provide information, workshops, and programs for home gardeners. Public information resources offered by Master Gardeners include plant, pest and problem identification, and advice on sustainable landscape practices.


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