Garden for the environment: ONLINE! Introduction to Sustainable Gardening Three Part Series: Summer
Saturdays – June 12, 19 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Introduction to Sustainable Gardening is a FREE three-part online workshop series designed to help you transform your backyard into a thriving and resilient garden. Find out which plants are suited to San Francisco’s unique coastal climate and grow without the need for toxic pesticides or copious amounts of water. This course will focus on native and drought tolerant ornamental gardens, but will cover broad topics that can also be applied to the vegetable garden. This event is FREE thanks to the generous support of the San Francisco Public Services Commission. Please consider donating to us if you would like to support the garden and future public programming. Donate here! www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/donate The three sessions of the workshop will include engaging lectures, videos, small group discussion sessions, observation exercises, handouts and question-and-answer time to make them engaging and informative. The series will take place on the Zoom videoconferencing platform – https://zoom.us/ Login details will be sent upon registration. SERIES SUMMARY: Part I: Designing Sustainable Gardens This workshop will teach you how to design a beautiful, functional and thriving home garden space. San Francisco’s urban gardens present all kinds of unique challenges (fog, wind, steep slopes, sandy soil) and it can be difficult to know where to start. Ellyn will provide you with information to help you evaluate and design garden spaces and choose plants suitable for the space, a principle called “right plant, right place”. Part II: Water Efficient Gardening This workshop will take a closer look at the many beautiful plants that grow well in San Francisco and how you can take care of them without using a lot of water. Even with San Francisco’s dry and hazy summers, there is an incredible array of climate-friendly plants that will thrive here with little to no water in the summer so you can conserve water and save on your bill. You will also learn how to properly water your plants and group them by similar water needs to help them reach their full potential. Part III: Organic Pest Management Learn how a healthy, biodiversity-rich garden can thrive without the use of pesticides. Ellyn will discuss the idea that most plant health problems are caused by poor growing conditions or planting, and that pests and diseases can be secondary problems. Plant health care involves a combination of strategies, including monitoring, and you will learn strategies to attract beneficial insects and naturally ward off pests, diseases, and weeds. Instructors: Ellyn Shea (Sessions 1 & 2) is a longtime Bay Area gardener, gardening coach, certified arborist, consultant and educator. She is a longtime teacher and supporter of Garden for the Environment and shares her extensive gardening knowledge in this series of workshops. Suzanne Bontempo (Session 3) joined GFE in 2013. Environmental educator and advocate for integrated pest management (IPM), Suzanne, owner of Plant Harmony and program manager for Our Water Our World, has been recognized for her excellence in his field by winning the 2013 IPM Innovators Award. Suzanne has worked in the horticultural industry for 20 years in a variety of capacities with landscaping contractors, garden maintenance management teams and in the management of retail nurseries. Suzanne loves plants, loves nature, and enjoys sharing all the information she can to help others be successful in their gardens.