The Replace Your Lawn workshop series is back this March and April at Tree of Life Nursery! All workshops are free and begin at 9:30 am.

Photo: Sarah Bryant, Tree of Life Nursery ©

Saturday March 18
RYL I: Creating and Caring for Your Native Garden
Now that you have killed your grass, and you are working on your design, what are you supposed to do? Tree of Life Nursery owner, Mike Evans will share from our booklet, “Creating and Caring for your Native Garden,” that you can download here: icon Creating and Caring for your Native Garden. Bringing his over 35 years of experience with these plants, as well as just as many years of site-prep, initial irrigation techniques and working with tricky landscape situations, Mike will teach you how to create a thriving and enjoyable native garden. As he has mentioned to us for years and years: “Maintenance is what you do for your car, you CARE for your plants!”

Saturday March 25
RYL II: Plant Selection – Inland Gardens
Have you ever used the word ‘only’ in the same sentence as ‘90 degrees’ or found yourself convinced that gardening where you live is a sort of purification process akin to hot yoga? If so, then you are probably an inland gardener and you rightfully impress other horticulturists with your enthusiasm in the face of great heat! Join native plant expert Abby Harned for an inland plant selection talk that will help you choose plants that will succeed and thrive in your inland garden.

Photo: Sarah Bryant Tree of Life Nursery © 2017

Saturday April 1
RYL III: Spring Tour of Tree of Life Gardens
Take a tour to see what’s in bloom around Casa ‘La Paz’ this spring! You’ll get inspiration for your landscape project by seeing the beautiful plants in our nursery gardens. We will lead a tour highlighting what is in bloom and provide insightful discussion about how to get started with native gardening.

Saturday April 8
RYL IV: Plant Selection – Coastal Gardens
If you find yourself in August barely breaking a sweat and feeling a cooling breeze laced with the faintest hint of salt you have probably landed yourself a highly coveted Coastal Garden!  Native plant choices that will flourish and enliven your garden are seemingly endless. Join us as Designer in Residence Susan Trindle highlights a variety of natives that will thrive in your coastal yard!

Native Plant Week: April 15-22

Saturday April 15
RYL V  Plant Selection – Intermediate Gardens
Designer Josh Link of Ecotone Studios will be giving a talk on native plants for intermediate gardens. You may find yourself wondering ‘What is  intermediate gardening? Do I fall into this category?’ This is a tricky question because microclimates abound make mileage hard to go by.  Assuming you don’t spend more than a couple of days at a time near 100 in the summer but also don’t describe your general weather as having a coastal influence you probably fit into this intermediate category. In other words you aren’t constantly cool but you aren’t altogether melting either. If this sounds like your garden, then this talk is for you! Join us and learn about California natives that will bring your intermediate garden to life!

Photo: Tree of Life Nursery ©

Saturday April 22
RYL VI: Plant Selection – Native Edibles
In keeping with Earth Day’s 2017 theme “Environmental & Climate Literacy” – please join us for a conversation about the many diverse ways we honor our environment. “Native Edibles” author, Beverly Treadwell will highlight the role of native edible plants in modern day gardening and their potential impact on the health of our environment (including wildlife), the economy, and us humans.

Saturday April 29
RYL VII: Plant Selection – Five Senses Gardening

Join designer Susan Trindle for an exciting talk on five senses gardening with native plants. Learn how to create a California native garden that you can connect to and engage with with all five of your senses – sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch!

Featured Photo Credit: Sarah Bryant, Tree of Life Nursery © 2017


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