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Billy Goodnick on Life After Lawns: Ideas and Actions
The siren song of the perfect lawn is fading from our idea of garden design and is being replaced by a new, sustainable aesthetic. As our climate warms up, we’re learning how to squeeze more out of every precious drop of water while introducing more diversity, utility and horticultural excitement into our outdoor spaces.
This slide lecture will focus on life without the traditional lawn and ways to turn that space into a beautiful, useful, sustainable garden. Topics include: fresh ideas for the former lawn space, developing a plan, stormwater harvesting, lawn removal and steps for selecting the best plants.
Billy Goodnick is a Santa Barbara-based landscape architect specializing in small-scale, “mom and pop” projects. In addition to serving for two decades as city landscape architect for the City of Santa Barbara, Billy has taught in the adult education system for more than 30 years and as an adjunct instructor at Santa Barbara City College.
His book, Yards: Turn Any Outdoor Space into the Garden of Your Dreams, allowed him to lecture at botanic gardens, symposia and garden shows around the country.
Locally, he can be seen hosting Garden Wise, a quarterly show produced by City TV about designing and maintaining sustainable landscapes. When not designing, Billy provides “the thump,” drumming for local rock and roll band, King Bee.
Gathering on a regular basis since 1880, the Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society Visitors are always welcome. The program includes a free plant exchange, refreshments and a plant raffle. Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society meeting is open to the public.