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Workshop Recap: California's New Front Yard: Creating a Low-Water Landscape

October 1, 2015

Fairfield Community Center

This workshop was a great success! Morning presentations on landscape design, plant selection, lawn removal, and irrigation best practices were followed by afternoon demonstrations on the same topics. We had a sold out crowd of 115 attendees and a very positive response on the course evaluations. Instructors: Sarah Sutton, Landscape Architect and Author of The New American Front Yard: Kiss Your Grass Goodbye (landscape design presentation); Emily Allen, Sales Manager at Hedgerow Farms (plant selection); Miles DaPrato, Restoration Project Manager at the Solano Resource Conservation District (lawn removal); and Matt Forrest, Irrigation Supervisor at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden Grounds and Landscape Services (irrigation best practices). Andrew Fulks, Assistant Director at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, provided our introduction and moderated the event. 

15 photo(s) Updated on: Friday, October 09, 2015
  • Andrew Fulks presenting the introduction to the day. Sold out audience!
  • Miles DaPrato presenting.
  • Fairfield Community Center provided an excellent venue.
  • Matt Forrest presenting on irrigation best practices.
  • Q&A Panel with all presenters before lunch.
  • Lunch break. We also provided morning refreshments.
  • Afternoon demonstrations. Sarah Sutton presents and answers questions to a small group.
  • Miles DaPrato outside during our afternoon sessions.
  • Smaller groups during the afternoon demonstrations provided additional opportunities for questions. Here, CNGA's President Jon O'Brien asks a question.
  • Germain from Floral Native Nursery (an event sponsor) presented some plant examples during the afternoon sessions.
  • Emily Allen, one of the morning presenters, also presented during the afternoon sessions. Emily works for Hedgerow Farms (event sponsor), which produces native grassland seed and plants.
  • Hands-on time during Matt Forrest's irrigation demonstration in the afternoon.
  • Irrigation afternoon demonstration.
  • Emily Allen with the Hedgerow Farms sponsor table.
  • CNGA Administrative Director Liz Cieslak at the check in table.
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