Workshops and Events

NEW! Virtual Workshops on Water-Wise Landscapes

Make your DREAM landscape come true!

From designing your space to protecting your investment, learn all the elements needed to create a beautiful, water-efficient landscape that fits your lifestyle.

Registration and enrollment will be held on a first come, first serve basis.  The workshops in this series will be held via Zoom. More information about each workshop is available at the registration links below:

Saturday, June 20, 2020 | 9:00 am- 12:00 pm                  Landscape Design: Shape your Space

Saturday, July 11, 2020 | 9:00 am- 12:00 pm                    Plant Selection for Sustainable Landscaping

Saturday, August 1, 2020 | 9:00 am- 12:00 pm                 Water and Irrigation

Saturday, August 22, 2020 | 9:00 am- 12:00 pm               Installation and Maintenance



WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series

These classes are currently postponed. Please check back for updates.

The WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series is a four-class series that will empower you to upgrade your high-water-use turf area into a WaterSmart landscape. The classes include lectures, hands-on lab work, demonstrations, homework assignments and one-on-one coaching by local landscape and irrigation professionals, all at no cost to you. You must be committed to attending all four classes.

Visit the San Diego County Water Authority's "Landscape Classes" page to learn more and apply for an open series or wait list!

Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Training

Calling all landscape professionals! Build your professional training by becoming a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper. QWEL is a certificate program that provides graduates with knowledge in water-efficient and sustainable landscape practices. The 20-hour course includes irrigation system and landscape design, soils, plants, water budgeting and more. This course is currently offered FREE to landscape professionals in San Diego County in both English and Spanish. Find a class near you.

Mastering Water Efficient Landscapes


FREE workshops for landscape designers, landscape architects, and landscape contractors.

Earn CEUs for you APLD, IA, ISA, QWEL and NALP certifications!

This landscape training focuses on mastering the basic elements of water efficient landscaping for new California landscapes. As more outdoor California building ordinances are imposed on new landscapes and the landscape industry, this training focuses on creating and maintaining water efficient landscapes. The workshop will cover all the essential elements to help landscape professionals comply with the MWELO, design, build and maintain healthy, water efficient landscapes for California’s “new normal”.

Visit the California Landscape Contractors Association for available classes.