Solana Center offering workshops on water-wise landscaping, greywater in Encinitas

Learn how to turn your property into an eco-friendly, low-water oasis! Solana Center’s Green Living Workshop Series offers workshops on drought-tolerant landscape design, greywater and rainwater harvesting this fall.

These workshops will show participants how to reduce their water use, save money on their water bill and be more water-wise during the drought. Homeowners, landscape professionals and members of the community are all encouraged to attend.

As part of a partnership with the San Diego Botanic Garden, the workshops will be held at the garden and participants are welcome to stay and explore the garden.

• “Creative and Colorful Succulent Landscapes” from 10-11 a.m. Sept. 20 will teach participants how to replace their water-intensive lawn with a water-wise succulent landscape that is lush and colorful!

The workshop will be taught by Melissa Teisl and Jon Hawley of Chicweed Landscape Design. County Supervisor Dave Roberts is scheduled to give opening remarks and a representative from SDG&E will hand out free water-saving kits.

• “Greywater Demystified” from 10-11 a.m. Oct. 10 will show participants how to tap into wastewater, which offers a stable water source for irrigating plants during drought. It’s taught by RainThanks & Greywater founder/CEO Candace Vanderhoff.

• “Watershed Gardens: Retain Rainwater and Reduce Runoff Pollution” from 10-11 a.m. Nov. 8 will be led by Morgan Vondrak of Argia Designs. This workshop will include how to capture rainwater into the ground via permeable surfaces, mulch basins and swales instead of letting it run off.

For information or to register for these workshops, visit or call 760-436-7986. The San Diego Botanic Garden is at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024.