I’ll be teaching ‘Greener Gardens: Sustainable Garden Practise’ at UCLA Extension starting Monday, April 5  with co-instructor David King. This was a mini-class in previous years, but is now a full class.  Last year I was a guest lecturer on the subject of water, and this year the class has been expanded to include a more thorough treatment (get it?) of water in the garden.

We’ll be covering swales and  earthworks,  as well as 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 excited to be teaching this class with David, who regularly receives high evaluations from his students. He was a recent keynote speaker for the 7th Congress of Southern California and is regularly quoted by the Los Angeles Times and other outlets. His expertise includes sustainable food gardens. He blogs at The Beautiful Food Garden.

Here’s a link to UCLA Extension webpage for the class, which is still open: