Co-sponsored by The Gardens at Heather Farm and the City of Walnut Creek, Discovering a Sense of Place is a free lecture series open to the public that runs from January to May 2015 with topics ranging from landscape and irrigation tips to the basics of backyard composting.

 

In addition to providing valuable gardening resources, the series, which includes a fieldtrip to Big Break Regional Shoreline, will help guide participants in a discovery of the larger geographical area in which they live. By strengthening the connection to the natural world around them, participants will gain a true appreciation of the importance of protecting the surrounding land, watersheds and wildlife. Dr. Andrew Sutherland from UC Cooperative Extension, Scott Sommerfeld from EBMUD and Mike Vickers, Walnut Creek Public Services Manager are among the lecturers.

 

The series runs as follows:

January 21: Integrated Pest Management Around Your Home and Garden

February 18: Becoming a Water Conservation Geek

February 21: Installing a State-of-the-Art Drip Irrigation System

March 18: Living in California’s Greatest Watershed – The Delta

March 25: The Secrets of Composting (repeats on April 22)

April 3: Field Trip to Big Break Regional Shoreline

May 14: It Takes a City

May 27: The Future of Solid Waste

 

Classes will be held at The Gardens at Heather Farm. Admission is free, but advanced registration is requested. Participants may register online at gardenshf.org or by calling (925) 947-1678.

 

Discovering a Sense of Place is the latest in a series of collaborations between The City and The Gardens. In 2007, Walnut Creek’s Clean Water Program and The Gardens introduced the successful Healthy Gardens Workshop, which introduced participants to environmentally friendly garden practices. The workshops have evolved over time, and today topics extend beyond the home garden to include the greater ecological community.

 

In addition to Discovering a Sense of Place, The Gardens continues their long tradition of teaching adult education classes. The Winter/Spring series features classes on pruning, starting a vegetable garden and plant propagation. Classes are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Proceeds help keep The Gardens free for visitors. 

 

 

About The Gardens at Heather Farm

A Certified Wildlife Habitat and Certified Green Business, The Gardens at Heather Farm (GHF) provides six acres of educational gardens and programs for youth, adults and persons with disabilities. A qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit, GHF is self supporting through memberships, fundraisers, grants, private donations, facility rentals and program fees. The mission is to inspire and educate our community about sustainable gardening and stewardship practices that preserve and protect our environment.

 

 

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