‘Greener Gardens: Sustainable Garden Practice’ started April 1 at UCLA Extension. It is still possible to register for this class and attend the second session next Monday. I teach this class with co-instructor David King. People who take this class will get the benefit of the breadth of experience that each of us brings to sustainability in the garden. This class fulfills an elective for the certificate programs in both Horticulture and Global Sustainability.
We’ll be covering sustainable design, soils, swales and earthworks, appropriate use of greywater and rainwater harvesting, along with the basics of native and drought-tolerant planting. All aspects of sustainable backyard food will be addressed.
Following is a quote from the UCLA Extension website:
“Sustainability is today’s buzzword and many people seek to create a lifestyle with a more favorable impact on the environment. From home and school gardens, to commercial sites, our gardens present the perfect place to start. Designed for horticulture students, gardening professionals, educators, and home gardeners, this course focuses on turning your green thumb into a “greener” garden. Topics include composting, irrigation, water harvesting, water wise plants, eating and growing local produce, recycling, and moving away from a consumptive, non-sustainable lifestyle when choosing materials and tools. … “
I’m pleased to teaching this class for the fourth year with David. He is the founder of the Seed Library of Los Angeles and the Gardenmaster of The Learning Garden. His expertise includes sustainable food gardens. He teaches for both Extension and for the Master Gardeners, as well as frequently lecturing and writing about gardening. He blogs at The Beautiful Food Garden.
Here’s a link to UCLA Extension page for the class, which is still open: