Workshops and Classes

 Free Classes, Workshops and Contests

WaterSmart Landscape Design for Homeowners Workshop

Based on the award winning A Homeowner's Guide to a WaterSmart Landscape, the San Diego County Water Authority and its member agencies are offering free, three-hour workshops to teach homeowners the basics of how to do a landscape makeover. Topics include soil, design, turf removal, plant selection, planning, irrigation, rainwater catchment and implementation -- all the elements needed to convert high-water-use turf to a beautiful, water-efficient landscape.

The objective of the program is to empower homeowners to take action to upgrade their existing water-intensive landscapes to WaterSmart standards, leading to significant water and energy savings.

Oceanside classes will be held at The El Corazon Senior Center at 3302 Senior Center Dr. Oceanside, CA, on Saturday, October 1, from 9:00 am-12:00 pm and Saturday, November 19, from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. 

To register for a class, click here or email

For more information on this class and other WaterSmart workshops please visit


WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Workshop Series

A FREE series of four workshops that gives homeowners the basic hands-on skills necessary to turn a traditional turf yard into a beautiful, water saving, California-friendly landscape. Includes one-on-one consultations with professional designers and a site visit to your property to measure the turf area. A scaled, blank site plan of your turf removal area is provided at no charge.

Seating is limited.  Advance registration is required. Classes are kept small, so register today!
For more information: Landscape Makeover


Home Grown Gardening Classes

Home Grown Gardening classes, provided by AgriService, were developed to help homeowners learn how to garden and grow food in their own yards or community gardens. The classes are held at the El Corazon Compost Facility or the El Corazon Senior Center on the fourth Saturday of each month at 10:00 am.
Click here for more information and class schedule.


El Cajon Conservation Garden Classes

The El Cajon Conservation Garden offers a variety of classes and events to help you learn to be more water-wise! Companion Planting & Community Growing class offered on August 20 from 9:30 - 11:30 am.  Companion planting is a natural way to encourage plant growth, deter pests, attract beneficial bugs and flavor your garden vegetables. Mia Vaughnes, Founder of Good Neighbor Gardens San Diego Urban Sharecrop and a few of her student farmhands, will be here to guide us through a hands-on, companion planting, container gardening demonstration workshop. Bring your own, one-square-foot container.  This is a fee-based class.  For more information on this class, visit

On August 27 from 9:30 - 11:30 am, join the Planting Water class. Regenerate your landscape with both active and passive sustainable planting and water harvesting strategies that can be used on any scale with landscape professionals from CommuniTREE Gardens and H2OME. From techniques for modifying land contour to laundry-to-landscape systems, this class will cover a lot of ground.  This is a fee-based class. For more information on this class please visit

Be sure to check out their website for a list of monthly themed tours.    

Free Garden tours are usually given every Saturday at 10:00 am.

Click here for more information about the garden and a full list of classes!