Encinitas' Solana Center offers courses explaining composting, xeriscape

These workshops are offered at different sites through the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation:

• Free Carlsbad Master Composter Course, 5:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 10-Oct. 8 (five weeks); Calavera Hills Community Center & Calavera Schoolhouse Community Garden, Calavera Hills Community Park, 2997 Glasgow Drive, Carlsbad.

The Carlsbad Master Composter course is an opportunity to gain a more in-depth understanding of the composting process and learn how to share this knowledge and passion with others. Through a combination of hands-on activities and in-classroom learning, attendees are trained to become composting ambassadors in their communities. Carlsbad residents get priority registration. Registration required. For info or to register, visit http://www.solanacenter.org/master-composter-course.

• Free Composting Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 19, Ocean Knoll Educational Farm, 910 Melba Road, Encinitas.

Join in a free two-hour workshop presented by Solana Center that covers the basics of vermicomposting (composting with worms). This workshop covers: What is composting and why it is so important; what tools and materials you’ll need; which items are or are not compostable; and harvesting and using your compost.

Registration required. Info: http://www.solanacenter.org/free-compost-workshops.

• Creative and Colorful Succulent Landscapes, 10-11 a.m. Sept. 20, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas.

Learn how to replace your water-thirsty lawn with a water-wise garden full of color, texture and creativity! A drought-tolerant landscape doesn’t have to be a blah, boring xeriscape. Melissa Teisl and Jon Hawley of Chicweed Landscape Design will teach you how to use an artistic approach to design a succulent landscape that is lush, vibrant and low-water use. Presented by Solana Center’s Green Living Workshop Series.

Cost is $30 Botanic Garden members, $36 general public/nonmembers (includes admission to Botanic Garden). Registration required. Info: http://www.sdbgarden.org/classes.htm.

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