October 28 - From Lawns to Meadows & Using Native Plants in Your Garden

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Did you know that lawns and irrigation systems account for more than half of the total water use of an average home? But you can save water — and money on your water bill — and still have a beautiful garden. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how.

Water-Efficient Landscaping - Part II
Thursday, October 28, 2010 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

From Lawns to Meadows
Learn how to change your lawn into a more sustainable native meadow. Alex will discuss different techniques for removing an existing lawn and will show examples of meadows. She will discuss what plant combinations work for different situations.

Speaker Bio: Alexandra Von Feldt, Acterra Stewardship Director, Native Landscape Gardener and Designer
Alex has been gardening with native plants for seven years, and her garden is on the Santa Clara CNPS Chapter’s Going Native Garden Tour. Alex manages habitat and watershed restoration projects for Acterra, a local environmental non-profit. She also helped rehabilitate Sausal Creek at the Portola Valley Town Center.

Using Native Plants in Your Garden
Bob will discuss the appropriateness of native trees, shrubs, perennials, groundcovers and bulbs in any garden setting- sun or shade. Seasonal interest is important and the creative use of plants will be discussed. Questions about your garden situation are encouraged. Practical issues such as soil, mulch and irrigation will be presented.

Speaker Bio: Bob Cleaver, Owner Cleaver Design Associates
Licensed California Landscape Architect since 1981 and owner of Cleaver Design Associates, landscape architects, since 1995. Bob has been working on residential projects in Portola Valley since 1995. He works with property owners, architects, civil engineers, and arborists to coordinate with the natural and built environments. He has a strong focus on using native plants in the garden in a way that feels natural to the setting. Bob is currently vice chairman of the City of Lafayette's Design Review Commission as well as a member of several city review boards.

Portola Valley Town Center, Community Hall
765 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA

RSVP or More Information
Contact Brandi de Garmeaux, Sustainability & Resource Efficiency Coordinator (bdegarmeaux@portolavalley.net or 650.851.1700 ext.222), to RSVP or for more information.

You can also visit www.calwater.com to learn more about water conservation and water-efficient gardening.

Please Note: The hosting of speakers does not constitute an endorsement by the Town of Portola Valley (Town). The Town does not endorse any of the speakers, their businesses or the information provided in their presentations.