Free Ocean Friendly Gardening Workshop, November 21

Be a part of the solution, not the pollution.

There will be a free public workshop about Ocean Friendly Gardening on Saturday, November 21, at the Institute of Courage. Yes, it really is completely free, because the Topanga Creek Watershed Committee (TCWC), the Surfrider Foundation, the Green Gardens Group (G3LA), and the West Basin Municipal Water District—the groups behind the event—all really, really want everyone to know how to create and keep beautiful, healthy gardens without using fertilizer, weed-killers, or any other foreign substances that inescapably find their way from our gardens and yards into the creeks and ocean.

These alien substances do untold harm to the life in our watershed and ocean, from atomic and microbial levels up to the top of the food chain. Learn how to garden the smart, safe, healthy, ocean-friendly way!

The class will include tips on:

• Conservation: How to use water more efficiently in your garden; eliminate the use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides; and eliminate the need for gas-powered machinery through the use of native and climate-adapted plants, a real money-saver as well.

• Permeability: How to utilize materials for driveways, walkways and patios that allow surface water to percolate into the soil and replenish local aquifers, instead of washing pollutants into the creeks and ocean.

• Retention: How to use water-holding mechanisms, such as rain gardens, rain barrels, rain chains, bio-swales, creek beds and dry wells — easy ways to turn rainwater from a pollution source into nourishment for plants!

Attendees will learn from landscape pros, receive free tools and get information on incentive programs. A delicious breakfast and light lunch will also be provided. The program will run from 9 a.m. sharp to 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, at the Institute of Courage, 1135 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. (next to Froggy’s). Space is limited. Register today by calling (310) 371-7222, ext. 200 or going to www.sbesc.com (“workshops”).

To contact the Topanga Creek Watershed Committee, call (310) 455 4156. For more information, visit oceanfriendlygardens.blogspot.com.