Education & Training
The SLP partners offer a variety of education and training opportunities for homeowners and professionals. These range from 3-hour introductory workshops to a comprehensive four-class series. All training opportunities align with our Sustainable Landscape Guidelines.
The award-winning WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series is a four-class series designed to help homeowners convert turf areas into low-water-use gardens that love San Diego’s climate. Industry professionals provide personalized instruction and coaching specific to your yard. Educate and empower yourself to develop an actionable landscape makeover plan, and add beauty, functionality and “curb appeal” to your home.
The Landscape Design for Homeowners Workshop is a three-hour version of the makeover series for those who cannot attend all four classes in the full series. This workshop is designed to assist homeowners’ turf conversion efforts to create a garden that is water efficient and lifestyle-friendly.
WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Videos On Demand
This series of videos will take you step-by-step through the process of creating your very own beautiful, water-efficient landscape. From measuring your property to getting to know your soil to picking the right plants for the right place, these entertaining and informative videos will guide you along the path to a WaterSmart landscape.
Ocean Friendly Gardens Classes
Ocean Friendly Gardens Design Seminars and Lawn Be Gone Hands-On Workshops are hands-on classes are taught by local EPA WaterSense-certified landscape professionals.The County of San Diego and Surfrider Foundation have contracted with G3/Green Gardens Group to deliver this content.The Design Seminar will teach you how to contour your garden for rain capture, create a climate-appropriate plant list, and place plants on a plan using key design principles that group them according to water needs. The Lawn Be Gone Workshop takes place in a real garden where you’ll learn how to remove turf, build healthy living soil, and capture rainwater. Participants in both classes earn a coupon for a 90-minute session with a garden coach, which can be used at the participant’s home.
The Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper program is an affordable, local training providing landscape professionals with 20 hours of education on principles of proper plant selection for the local climate, irrigation system design and maintenance, and irrigation system programming and operation. QWEL was developed by the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership and brought to San Diego by the San Diego County Water Authority and its 24 member agencies. In order to obtain the QWEL certification, an individual must demonstrate their ability to perform an irrigation system audit and pass the QWEL exam.
Watershed Wise Landscape Professional (WWLP)
This two-day workshop provides the math and science behind the question of how much water does this landscape really need. The coursework helps participants to provide a definitive answer for our clients, our climate and our own peace of mind. Upon completion, participants are able to create landscapes that thrive on minimal amounts of irrigation, boost the ecosystem and positively affect the surrounding temperature and humidity. Such landscapes are more cost-effective than the traditional “lawn and a street tree” approach. Made possible by the Surfrider Foundation, the Watershed Wise Landscape Professional workshop is WaterSense-certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and taught by G3/Green Gardens Group.
Two WWLP trainings have been provided through the SLP. WWLP’s are offered periodically by G3.