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Branched Drain Washer Only Graywater Workshop
Saturday, Oct. 4th, 8:30 am-3:00 pm. Free.
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Location: private Santa Barbara residence
Join Barbara Wishingrad of Sweetwater Collaborative to work on a different kind of graywater installation called Branched Drain. For this type of system, we will tap into the laundry line behind the washer, below the house, and in the drainage pipe. It will be an ambitious project and all are invited to take part in it!

Gone With the Wind: What to Do With Your Drought Stricken Yard

Saturday, Oct. 4th and Sat, Oct 11th, 9am-12pm. $30.00

Location: SBCC Wake Campus, Rm. 26, 300 N. Turnpike Rd.

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Instructor Billy Goodnick will lead this 2-day course focused on applying the principles of sustainable landscaping to help retain the beauty and usefulness of gardens while reducing water use.


Graywater and Multifunctional Landscapes

Tuesday, Oct. 14th, 6:00-7:30 pm. Free.

Location: Faulkner Gallery, Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St.

Led by “graywater guru” Art Ludwig, this lecture will show you how graywater can conserve thousands of gallons of water a month, save valuable plants during drought, and offer a host of other benefits.


Hands-on Drip Irrigation Workshop

Saturday, Oct. 18th, 2:00-4:00 pm. Free with Garden admission.

Location: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1010 Tunnel Rd.

Join the City of Santa Barbara’s Cathie Paré in a hand-on class focused on understanding drip irrigation systems and how they can improve plant health and increase water efficiency.


Sustainable Garden Design Walkabout

Saturday, Oct. 25th, 9:00 am-12:30 pm. $20.00

Location:  Santa Barbara Schott Campus, Rm. 30, 310 W. Padre St.

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 Join instructor Billy Goodnick on a walkabout at the Alice Keck Memorial Garden, a living, 3-dimensional gallery demonstrating the application of basic design principles.


The Joy of Lawn Replacement

Thursday, Oct. 30th, 7:00-8:30 pm.  Free.

Location: Faulkner Gallery, Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St.

Led by Art Ludwig of Oasis Design and Barbara Wishingrad of Sweetwater Collaborative, this lecture will show you how to do much better than grass with less water, time, and money.


Rainwater Runoff Harvesting

Tuesday, Nov. 18th, 6:00-7:30 pm. Free.

Location: Faulkner Gallery, Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St.

Led by Art Ludwig of Oasis Design, this lecture will focus on the benefits of infiltrating rainwater into the ground via mulch basins and swales instead of letting it run off.

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Last Updated: Sep 29, 2014