Past Landscape Workshop Presentations

Rainwater Harvesting (video recording

Instructor: Chris Corvetti
Date: November 8, 2023
Description: Learn how to install and maintain a simple system for capturing and storing rainwater to use for irrigation from instructor Chris Corvetti. Information on Alameda County Water District’s rain barrel rebate will be provided.

Tips & Tricks for a Water-Efficient Landscape (video recording

Instructor: Lori Caldwell
Date: October 14, 2023
Description: Learn how to convert your water-thirsty lawn to a beautiful water-efficient landscape from instructor Lori Caldwell. Learn strategies and techniques for maintaining a healthy garden while saving water.

Efficient Irrigation and Tree Care (video recording

Instructor: Frank Niccoli
Date: April 19, 2023
Description: Learn about best practices for landscape irrigation, including tree care. Topics will include checking for breaks, watering schedules, efficient irrigation hardware, and how to water different types of landscape. Information on ACWD’s outdoor rebates is provided. 

Drought Hack: Maximize Local Rainfall Through Capture  (video recording

Instructor: Chris Corvetti
Date: October 26, 2022
Description: Learn how to maximize any rainfall that we receive this fall and winter by capturing it and using it efficiently. Information on the ACWD Rain Barrel Rebate program is featured. 

Drought Hack: Plant and Design Ideas for the Fall  (video recording

Instructor: Juanita Salisbury
Date: October 8, 2022
Description: Learn how to convert your lawns to a beautifully designed water-efficient landscape that can thrive and remain beautiful during drought. Information on the ACWD Lawn Be Gone Rebate program is featured. 

Lawn Be Gone Rebate and Water Wise Landscaping (video recording

Instructor: Juanita Salisbury
Date: May 11, 2022
Description: Learn how to convert your lawn to water-efficient landscaping and how to maintain it. Information on the ACWD Lawn Be Gone Rebate Program will be featured. 

Landscape Maintenance and Tree Care During Drought (lecture slides) (video recording

Instructor: Charlie Drechsler
Date: November 6, 2021
Description: Adapt to the drought. Learn about best practices for maintaining various landscape types so that it can survive through the drought!

Drought Hacks: Tips for Converting Your Lawn to Water-Efficient Landscape (video recording)

Instructor: Frank Niccoli
Date: September 21, 2021
Description: The drought is here. Learn how you can replace your lawn with a water-efficient landscape that can thrive and remain beautiful during drought, all while lowering your water use! Rebates for lawn conversion available! 

Prepare to Irrigate Efficiently This Summer (video recording)

Instructor: Frank Niccoli
Date: May 22, 2021
Description: Spruce-up your sprinkler system! Learn tips and tricks for maintaining a working, water-efficient irrigation system this upcoming summer. A little maintenance goes a long way! This event is in coordination with the EPA WaterSense Sprinkler Spruce-Up Campaign.

Restore Our Earth, One Native Plant At A Time (video recording)

Instructor: Juanita Salisbury
Date: April 21, 2021
Description: This Earth Day, do your part to help restore our natural world, starting with your own yard! Learn about the benefits of planting California natives and how to plant and care for them so you can create your own beautiful, low water use garden. This year’s Earth Day 2021 theme is “Restore Our Earth.”

Design It Yourself Native Landscape (video recording)

Instructor: Juanita Salisbury
Date: November 04, 2020
Description: Explore an approachable way to develop designs for beautiful, productive, low water use, habitat rich, and maintainable native plant landscapes. Learn the steps and principles of creating native plant landscape design.

Rain Water Harvesting (video recording)

Instructor: Frank Niccoli
Date: September 26, 2020
Description: Learn methods for harvesting rain water for use in your garden and landscape. Discover techniques for installing rain barrels and building a rain garden. Details about ACWD's Rain Barrel Rebate Program will shared as well!

Transition to a Fall Water-Efficient Edible Garden (lecture slides) (video recording)

Instructor: Loretta O'Brien
Date: August 25, 2020
Description: Learn how to reduce water needs for fall vegetables. Learn what plants thrive under fall conditions and how to maintain your garden throughout the season with minimal watering. 

Maintaining Water-Efficient Gardens and Irrigation Leak Detection 

Instructor: Frank Niccoli
Date: May 16, 2020
Description: Learn how to keep your garden healthy throughout the seasons with proper maintenance techniques including pest and weed management, pruning, mulching, and irrigation tips.  Discover how to identify irrigation system inefficiencies and repair minor leaks.

Rainwater Harvesting (lecture slides) (video recording)

Instructor: Deva Luna
Date: October 19, 2019
Description: Learn methods for harvesting rainwater for use in your garden and landscape. Discover techniques for assembling and maintaining an inexpensive system and storing rainwater to irrigate.

"Soil, Compost, and Mulch, oh my!" (lecture slides) (video recording)

Instructor: Ron Alexander
Date: May 18, 2019
Description: Discover how to improve water efficiency in your garden by fixing the soil. Learn how amending the soil with compost and mulch can conserve water by maximizing water holding capacity.

Designing Native Gardens

Instructor: Pacita Ikonomou
Date: March 7, 2019
Description: Learn how to create a beautiful, low water and low maintenance landscape with native and other water-wise plants from around the world. Discover how and why they need less water and how to plant and care for them.

Alternatives to Lawn Workshop

Instructor: Frank Niccoli
Date: May 28th, 2016
Description: Discover the benefits of drought tolerant plants as an alternative to your lawn, and create a water-efficient, low-maintenance landscape. Explore ways to create beautiful and sustainable landscapes that conserve water, resources, and reduce you utility bill and maintenance costs.