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Events and Workshops

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 For questions, please call (408) 630-2554. Event participation is dependent on staffing availability. We will respond to your request as soon as possible.


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Description of Event



Landscape Design and Planning

Designed for beginners interested in landscape design or for residents planning to replace their lawn with a water efficient landscape, this class is a step-by-step overview of basic landscape design principles. Learn about optimal plant arrangements, design concepts, and have your questions answered by a professional landscape contractor. By the end of the class, you can expect to leave with ideas for your landscape conversion. Bring a rough sketch of your landscape with approximate measurements, a pencil, and an eraser to brainstorm ideas for what your new water efficient landscape will look like.

To register,click here.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

9:30 am - noon

Lucie Stern Community Center, Community Room
1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Green Gardener Training

For all landscaping professionals!  Santa Clara Valley Green Gardeners are trained to use sustainable techniques that conserve water, protect the soil and reduce waste - and much more! 

Registration fee required.  For more information, visit

Wednesdays, Sept. 14 to Nov. 16, 2016

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm - English

Thursdays, Sept. 15 to Nov. 17, 2016

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Spanish


Sunnyvale-Cupertino Adult Community Education, 591 W Fremont Ave, Sunnyvale 
Do It Yourself - Native Garden Series

Part 1: This class teaches basic design concepts and how to avoid common mistakes, set goals and budgets, and see a sample design come together from start to finish. 

Part 2:  With your design complete, learn native garden installation concepts, including how to avoid common mistakes, set goals and budgets, and manage an installation from start to finish.

FREE!  Registration required.  For more information, please go to or call (650) 349-3000.


Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 (Part 1)

Thursday, Sept.29, 2016 (Part 2)

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm


Mountain View Library
How to Convert Spray Irrigation to Drip Irrigation

This engaging class is designed for homeowners who are interested in learning more about the installation and maintenance of a water-efficient home irrigation system.  Learn how to convert a spray irrigation system into a water-efficient drip system.

FREE!  Registration required. For more information, please go to or call (650) 349-3000.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Mountain View Library
Pruning, Propagation and Dead Heading

When to prune and how much? After beautiful summer blooms, should you cut back all flowers? If so, how much? In this class you will learn how to prune, propagate and deadhead plants to improve and maintain their health. Bring your shears and a few sample branches from your garden. You will learn how to properly prune and maintain your shears.

To register online, click here.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

9:30 - noon

Lucie Stern Community Center, Community Room
1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Changing Times, Changing Gardens - Summit 2016 Join Pacific Horticulture as we welcome keynote speaker Thomas Rainer and explore shaping a new garden in a challenging environment.  Share an autumn weekend with some of the country's most forward-thinking horticulturists and discover how to create resilient landscapes that support the surrounding environment while expressing a distinctive aesthetic.  

Complete details and registration information at:

Saturday and Sunday,October 15-16, 2016

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, CA
Laundry-To-Landscape Graywater

Learn how you can simply and safely reuse water from your washing machine to irrigate plants.  The class will discuss residential graywater reuse and ways to construct a "laundry-to-landscape" graywater system. 

Free class, registration required: or call (650) 349-3000.


Tuesday, October 25th

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Mountain View Library
Designing Your Bay-Friendly Garden

This FREE workshop is for homeowners/gardeners who want to learn how to convert their lawns in an environmentally friendly way, all while saving water, money and time! Learn from a Bay-Friendly Qualified Professional about how to utilize sustainable landscaping practices to conserve natural resources, reduce pollution, and build healthy soil.

In this workshop, you will learn Bay-Friendly garden design basics including the lawn conversion technique called sheet mulching. You will hear from Santa Clara Valley Water District about water rebates available to property owners.

Click here for more information or to register.


Saturday, November 5, 2016

11:00 am to 1:30 pm

Santa Clara Valley Water District, 5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118

Bay Area Eco Gardens Events

To learn about other events featuring water efficiency, drought-tolerant plant selection, irrigation design & maintenance, as well as composting, check out

QUESTIONS? Call the Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554 or email us at