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Going Native Virtual Garden Tour (Live Talk)

The GNGT Virtual Tour is pleased to announce the second live event for this year, which will be broadcast concurrently on Zoom and Youtube.

“The Penney Garden: A Transformation Story, a talk by Janine Penney” session. You can preview this garden at https://gngt.org/Penney_GNGT

The link for the Zoom registration is available at https://gngt.org/GNGT/VirtualTour.php. On the same page, you can view the 2021 kick-off session that was held on April 17th.

If the Zoom session fills up, the live session will be also viewable on the https://www.youtube.com/c/CNPSSantaClaraValley page.

Thank you for your interest in gardening with California native plants!

Irrigation Equipment Upgrades and Leak Detection

Instructor:  Frank Niccoli

Learn how maintenance of water-conserving landscapes differs from that of traditional landscapes. Discover how to identify irrigation system inefficiencies and repair minor leaks.

Zoom link will be emailed before the event.

Register Here

Mon Jun 7, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Open to the Public 
Registration Closes Mon Jun 7, 3:30 pm 

Family Workshop: How to Grow Your Own Salad

Instructor:  Suzanne Bontempo

Need a social distance hobby? Join us by learning how to grow your own salad ingredients from scratch. This workshop will teach you techniques to conserve water in your garden by growing season edible plants that you can harvest. This program is intended for the whole family, suggested ages 6 and older

Register Here 

Prepare to Irrigate Efficiently This Summer

Instructor:  Frank Niccoli

Spruce-up your sprinkler system! Learn tips and tricks for maintaining a working, water-efficient irrigation system this upcoming summer. A little maintenance goes a long way! This event is in coordination with the EPA WaterSense Sprinkler Spruce-Up Campaign.

Register Here

Zoom link will be sent before the event.

Sat May 22, 10:00 am – 11:30 am – Open to the Public 
Registration Closes Fri May 21, 3:30 pm 

Design It Yourself – Native Plant Landscape

Instructor:  Juanita Salisbury

Explore a new and approachable way to develop designs for beautiful, productive, habitat rich, and maintainable native plant landscapes. Learn the steps and principles of creating a native plant landscape design.

Wed May 19, 7:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Open to the Public

Register Here

Registration Closes Wed May 19, 3:30 pm 

Pervious Pavement

Instructor:  Ryan Marlinghaus

Pervious pavement is ideal for parking areas, sidewalks, patios, tennis courts, roads and driveways. It is also a unique and effective means to address important environmental issues and support green, sustainable growth. By capturing stormwater and allowing it to seep into the ground, pervious pavement is instrumental in reducing ponding, recharging groundwater, and preventing stormwater pollution.

In this 90-minute webinar, we will discuss:

  • The various types of pervious pavement available for both residential and commercial installation;
  • What you need to know before considering pervious pavement on your property;
  • How to maintain pervious pavement once it’s installed; and
  • The City of Palo Alto Pervious Pavement rebate incentives and specifications.

A one-hour presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A session.

Zoom link will sent the day of the event.

Tue May 18, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Open to the Public

Registration Closes Tue May 18, 3:30 pm

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Water-wise Edible Gardening

Instructor:  Loretta O’Brien

Participants will discover how to reduce water needs for seasonal vegetable gardening and what to plant in the spring to maximize the harvest season. This class will also cover how to incorporate organic maintenance techniques, including how to use compost and cover crops.

Sat May 15, 10:00 am – 11:30 am – Open to the Public

Closes Fri May 14, 3:30 pm

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Gardening with Succulents

Instructor:  Jennifer Ahlstrand

Attendees will learn how to design a visually successful succulent garden that requires low maintenance and little water. Course will also cover how to care for, irrigate, and propagate succulents.

Wed May 12, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Open to the Public
Closes Wed May 12, 3:30 pm

Register Here 

Herb Garden 101

Instructor:  Loretta O’Brien

Do you enjoy using fresh herbs when you cook? If so, then you probably know how expensive they can be. In this class you will learn how to create your own water-wise herb garden. We will cover what plants to choose, how to plant herbs, whether to start from seed or buy a starter plant, and how to harvest your herbs.

Tue May 11, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Open to the Public
Closes Tue May 11, 3:30 pm

Please register on Zoom 


Learn the basics and benefits of composting with worms. Register here to attend any workshop and follow the instructions provided to you via email after registering to participate.

Note: Tentative workshops are scheduled for in person but may be accommodated on-line if circumstances change.