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Events and Workshops

The Santa Clara Valley Water District participates in many community outreach events. If you would like information about the Water District attending your event, just click here to fill out the request form. Send your completed form to Kaela White at For questions, please call (408) 630-2205. Event participation is dependent on staffing availability. We will respond to your request as soon as possible.


Name of Event/Workshop Description of Event Date Location
Sustainable Home Vegetable Gardening Course

Join UCCE Master Gardeners for an in-depth course on Sustainable Home Vegetable Gardening

5-session Adult Education Course. Course number: 54220.31
To register: or 408-886-2105

$65 ($58 for Campbell residents.)

It's hard to beat the taste and nutrition of home-grown vegetables! Learn how to have a successful, environmentally responsible food garden that provides delicious food every month of the year. We'll cover soil preparation, amendments and fertilizers, irrigation methods and systems (including drought-specific strategies), cool and warm season crops that do well in our area, and how to identify and manage common pests, weeds, and diseases of vegetable crops in Santa Clara County.


Tuesdays, March 18-April 22, 2014

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (No class April 8)

Campbell Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell
Worm Composting for Kids Worm Composting for Kids

To register
click here or call (650) 329-2436
This workshop is for children school age grade K-5.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

3:30 - 4:40pm

Children's Library
1276 Harriet Street
Palo Alto

Graywater Laundry to Landscape Class

 This class will discuss the different types of graywater systems, how to install a laundry to landscape system, what to do, what not to do, and what plants and products are most compatible with graywater irrigation. Taught by Sherri Osaka who is a licensed Landscape Architect, Bay-Friendly Qualified Designer and owner of Sustainable Landscape Designs. She lectures on and implements ecological landscaping techniques specializing in native plants, graywater and rainwater irrigation, and pervious paving.

$31 To Register Click Here or call 650-493-6072

For more info:

Saturday, April 19, 2014

10:30 am to 12:30 pm


Common Ground Garden Supply in Palo Alto
Save Water and Have Your Vegetables Too Class

Drought in California is inevitable, and this year it’s worse than ever. How can we all use our water wisely? Cut down or eliminate our lawns, for sure. Use drip more, yes. Recycle shower water, yes. Plant lots of vegetables and fruits, yes!! According to, growing the average pound of lettuce commercially uses 15 gallons of water, tomatoes 22 gallons, and a pound of potatoes 30 gallons. Years ago, John Jeavons did much research on water use by farmers and home gardeners and reached the conclusion that the home gardener, using organic techniques, saves us all gallons of water. Learn which vegetable crops are best to grow in a drought and which techniques will help you grow your garden using as little water as possible.

Cost: $31

Taught by Rosalind Creasy is a landscape designer, edible plant expert, and consultant for Denver, CO, water department and has gardened her way through three California droughts. She is also a garden writer, photographer and leading authority on edible landscaping.

Register Now at Save Water and Have Your Vegetables Too

Saturday, April 26

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center 559 College Ave, Palo Alto CA 94306
Going Native Garden Tour

The 12th Annual Going Native Garden Tour dates have been announced.  This Tour showcases beautiful native gardens throughout Santa Clara County. 

The dates are Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th.

For more information, please go to 


Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th Various locations in Santa Clara County
Compost Workshops Find out how to build healthy soil, and minimize fertilizer and water use at these workshops.

April 26, 2014
10am - Noon
Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto
To register
click here or call (408) 918-4640

June 7, 2014
10am - Noon
Common Ground Garden Supply
559 College Ave
Palo Alto
To register
click here or call (408) 918-4640

August 19, 2014
6pm - 8pm
Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
4000 Middlfield Road
Palo Alto
To register
click here or call (408) 918-4640

September 6, 2014
10am - Noon
Master Gardener's Demonstration Garden
Eleanor Pardee Park, garden entrance on Center Drive near Martin Avenue
Palo Alto
No registration required

October 25, 2014
10am - Noon
Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
4000 Middlfield Road
Palo Alto
To register
click here or call (408) 918-4640
April 26, 2014 through October 25, 2014 Palo Alto - various locations
Graywater Informational Workshop

In these free workshops, you will learn about the water saving potential for graywater, common types of graywater systems, costs, codes and regulations, plant friendly soaps and products, and the District’s Laundry to Landscape Rebate Program.

Sponsored by the Santa Clara Valley Water District

Contact: for more information


Saturday, May 3, 2014 1pm-3pm

Santa Clara Valley Water District Headquarters Boardroom 5750 Almaden Expressway San Jose, CA 95118

From Graywater to Green Garden

Reduce your water use while keeping your garden green! Learn how you can simply and safely transform your home to reuse water from sinks, showers and washing machines to irrigate plants. The class will begin with an overview of residential graywater reuse–including codes, regulations, rebates, what soaps to use and the best plants to irrigate with graywater. The rest of the class will focus on how to construct a “laundry to landscape” graywater system. Participants will put together a sample system using real parts and tools.

Fee: None, but reservations are required due to space limitations.
Register online or call (650) 329-2241 to reserve your spot today.

Wednesday, May 7

6 to 9 pm

Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1, Palo Alto
Greywater Seminar for Homeowners and Design Professionals

Save water, money and get a rebate from the SCVWD by reusing your water at home. Learn about simple laundry to landscape greywater systems as well as more complex systems. Three greywater professionals, including Deva Luna from EarthCare Landscaping, Forrest Linebarger with VOX Design Group, and Paul Kephart with Rana Creek, will share their experience and knowledge on every aspect from the plumbing modifications to plant selection and irrigation decisions. Sign up for hands-on workshops at the end of the seminar. As a special bonus, Paul Kephart from Rana Creek, the designer for the California Academy of Sciences’ green roof, will present innovative and beautiful greywater options for residential and commercial installations.

Contact: Kit Gordon, for more information 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Los Altos Library, 13 S San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022