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Plants & Water - Lecture by Robert C. Perry

Plants & Water-Sustainability and Landscape Design

Plants & Water–Sustainability and Landscape Design–plants with an emphasis on their water needs, AB 1881, and planting examples that show successful combinations of plants reflecting sound conservation practices with good aesthetic expression. Robert is the author of Landscape Plants for California Gardens. CEU credits available.

DATES: February 11, 2015 in San Francisco or Thursday February 12, 2015 in Oakland.
TIME: San Francisco Lecture: 6:00pm-9:00pm (Lecture 7:00pm - 8:30pm) Oakland Lecture: 6:15pm - 9:00pm (Lecture 7:00pm - 8:30pm)
LOCATION: San Francisco Location: Lake Merced Boathouse, Lake Merced Park, 10 Harding Road, San Francisco, CA 94132. Oakland Location:Nile Hall at Preservation Park 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612
COST: $15.00 for Bay-Friendly members, $20 for non-members.
TO REGISTER: San Francisco Lecture on 2/11/15: Click here to purchase tickets for the SF Lecture Oakland Lecture on 2/12/15: Click here to purchase tickets for the Oakland Lecture

About Robert Perry:Robert Perry is Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona. His academic career began in 1972 and still continues today. During this time he has taught in the UCLA Extension Program in Landscape Architecture, Landscape Architecture Studies at USC, and at Cal Poly University Pomona. His career has been focused on the study of plants and water conservation. Bob has written two previous books on landscape plants and water conservation including: Trees and Shrubs for Dry California Landscapes, 1980, and Landscape Plants for Western Regions, 1992. His latest effort, Landscape Plants for California Gardens, continues in this tradition. This latest book greatly expands the scope of coverage and thoroughness of photography.

Bob has been a licensed landscape architect since 1972 and has actively participated in many professional projects where his expertise on California native plants and landscapes for water conservation has been applied and refined. He continues to be an active proponent of resource conservation in landscapes through teaching, writing, public speaking and professional work.

Pacific Horticulture editor Dick Turner says this about the book: “Landscape Plants for California Gardens, Perry’s latest and heftiest contribution to the lexicon of regional plant encyclopedias, is, quite simply, his finest. It is also one of the most important plant books to appear in decades in California.…Perry has provided an invaluable service to landscape professionals by quantifying the amount of water needed for successful cultivation of the plants in the book. He categorized the relative amount of water each plant needs, assigned each plant to an Irrigation Group and compared all to the Reference Evapotranspiration for each climate zone. The result is a formula that allows any project’s plantings to be fine-tuned to meet state or locally mandated restrictions on water budgets. Landscape Plants for California Gardens should be on the reference shelf of every landscape professional working in the state, and in the personal library of anyone seriously interested in gardening responsibly in California"

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Bay-Friendly Landscape Professional Training

Bay-Friendly Training & Qualification for Maintaining Landscapes - SOUTH BAY

DATES: Tuesday 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, and 12/16
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
LOCATION: Okayama Room at Kelly Park, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112
COST: $200
City of San Jose

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Bay-Friendly Training & Qualification for Maintaining Landscapes - ALAMEDA COUNTY - SOLD OUT

2015 DATES: Tuesday 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, and 2/10
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
COST: $200

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Lose Your Lawn the Bay-Friendly Way

Free Lose Your Lawn Demonstration Event

DATES: Saturday January 24, 2015
TIME: 9:30am-1:00pm
LOCATION: 400 Grand Avenue, South San Francisco - behind SSF City Hall (entrance to parking lot is on Miller Avenue)
COST: Free
TO REGISTER: Pre-registration is required. Please call the South San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department at 650 829-3800 to reserve your space. Workshop is limited to 25 so enroll now!

California is in the midst of an extreme drought, and we're all doing our share to save water. Irrigation is a primary source of water demand. Learn how to convert your existing lawn to a beautiful, yet low water landscape.

In this FREE HANDS ON WORKSHOP lead by Bay Friendly Qualified Professionals you will learn how to convert your lawn without breaking your back or wallet. Remove your lawn without tearing it out! Get dirty with us as we use the innovative technique of Sheet Mulching to create a water conserving garden. Following Bay-Friendly practices you’ll learn to conserve natural resources, reduce pollution, create a vibrant garden, and save time and money.

Learn about Lawn Conversion Rebate Programs.

Bring water, sunscreen, and garden gloves. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided.

Workshop to be tented in case of rain.

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Ready to lose your lawn, but not sure where to start?

Learn how to remove your lawn without tearing it out! It's surprisingly easy to replace your lawn with a healthy garden that works for you. By using Bay-Friendly practices, you can conserve natural resources, prevent pollution, and save time and money.

Bay-Friendly has successfully educated hundreds of landscape professionals and home gardeners in the innovative technique of sheet mulching, a simple method used to enrich the soil in planting areas, establish a new landscape or garden area, or remove a lawn without herbicides.

Vendors and Bay-Friendly landscape designers will be on hand to answer your questions about products and plant material selections.

Lawn Conversion Rebate Programs:

Interested in replacing your lawn, but worried about up front costs?

Several Bay Area water agencies are currently offering rebates for lawn conversion and/or weather based irrigation controllers for both residential and commercial landscapes. The Bay-Friendly Coalition is partnering with these water agencies in an effort to encourage the widespread adoption of more Bay-Friendly, water-efficient gardens and landscapes.

Click here for full list of rebate programs.

Residential rebates up to $2,500

Commercial rebates up to $20,000

Graywater Training

Graywater Training for Marin County Professionals

Professional landscapers, plumbers, contractors, and green businesses operating in Marin County learn to install code-compliant graywater systems, including laundry, shower, and whole-house systems. Understand the permitting process.  Participate in on-site graywater system installations.

DATES: January 13th, 15th, 20th, and 22nd 2015
TIME: 2:00pm-6:00pm
LOCATION: Marin Sanitary Service, 535 Jacoby St, San Rafael. Map
COST: $100.00 (includes all course materials)
TO REGISTER: visit to register
PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS: WaterNow is partnered with the County of Marin, Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening, Marin Builders Association, Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership, Watersense, and the Marin Sanitary Service.

Graywater systems are becoming increasingly common, but demand will soon exceed the number of qualified professionals to install such systems. Upon Completion of the Program, you will:
- Know how to install code-compliant graywater systems, including laundry, shower, and whole-house systems
- Understand the permitting process
- Have participated in on-site installations
- Earn a QWEL Graywater Module Certification*
- Receive free promotion on various websites
- Be part of a network of graywater professionals

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