- Author: Tammy Majcherek
The UC ANR South Coast Research and Extension Center Demonstration Landscapes were the site for a new homeowner pilot program hosted by the partnership between Irvine Ranch Water District and University of California Cooperative Extension, Orange County. If successful, the collaboration between the two organizations will continue, reaching out to IRWD clientele and through future workshops.
The goal of the three-part Garden Design workshop series was to provide attendees with the basic tool kit to create a water conserving landscape whether on their own or with the help of a contractor. Major focus of the workshop centered on how irrigation, plants and growth, and living space come together.
Upon their return for the third class, attendees brought the maps they created. After a quick review of key points, they were asked to break into groups to discuss the pros and cons of their project while Kay, Juan, Tammy Majcherek and UCCE OC Master Gardener volunteers, offered assistance to any questions they had. Common issues between the groups included:
Sources for natives.
How to look up plants in the Sunset Book and at RightScapeNow.com.
Kurapia for turf replacement.
Can plants be placed in pots temporarily?
What edible plants should you plant?
How to properly mulch around plants and the perimeter of the house.
How do you design with and care for succulents?
What can I plant in my 3' wide x 5' high bed on the side of my yard that does not need any care?
Reviewing the design process before working together to solve landscape issues and discuss common problems.