Greetings Blue Thumb Blog readers.
Has this weather been terrific or what? I suppose it seems that I’m always noting the weather. Well, I’m ecstatic because there have been some great “happenings” — events and projects — taking place, and I am not one who enjoys our toasty 100-degree days. I’m originally from the South and, as the saying goes, “I’ll wilt like a Lily in this heat.” (Can you hear that Southern drawl?) So, I’ve been tickled blue with these 70-degree days.
Here’s an exciting project that was recently completed by Mary and her “all-star” cast. Mary is a visionary and passionate about doing the right thing for our environment. You can see more photos and follow the project from start to finish at http://xeriscapeyard.wordpress.com/. Mary was able to take advantage of two rebate programs form California American Water for her efficient irrigation system and from Sacramento County for her Rain Garden. Here you can see Mary proudly displaying her fabulous garden and her well-earned Blue Thumb gloves.
Mary’s landscape was designed by Blue Thumb Blogger and Green Gardener Soleil Tranquilli.
Installation was done by licensed contractor, Green Gardener, and Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor Eric Zemlicka.
Mary also recently completed the first-ever Green Gardener at Home Training Program sponsored by the Regional Water Authority and the City of Roseville. This ten-week Program included classes on:
- Introduction to River-Friendly Landscaping
- Soil Health
- Compost and Mulch
- Irrigation Basics
- Landscape Design
- Right Plant in the Right Place
- Edible Gardening
- Integrated Pest Management
- Pruning for Plant Health
- Lawn Care
The City of Roseville plans to offer this class again next spring, so look for class information soon at www.roseville.ca.us/explore. Also visit www.bewatersmart.info for a list of Green Gardener Professionals to help you create and maintain your beautiful, water-efficient landscape.
I hope you didn’t miss How to Landscape Day on June 23rd, sponsored by the City of Folsom and the San Juan Water District. It was a day packed with opportunities to talk with representatives from local nurseries, the UC Arboretum, and irrigation companies. Landscape professionals were also on hand to help attendees learn about ecologically-responsible landscaping from designers, contractors, and many other experts. Presentations included: Weeding out Garden Myths by “Farmer Fred” Hoffman; Smart Irrigation by Water Conservation Coordinator Don Smith with the City of Folsom, and Water Garden Design by aquatic biologist and educator Holly Crosson.
Okay, if you missed How to Landscape Day, mark your calendars for this Saturday, June 30. Sponsored by the Regional Water Authority, yours truly (that’s me) will be giving a free Water-Wise Gardening workshop with ample time for your questions. When and where:
10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Green Acres Nursery & Supply – Sacramento, 8501 Jackson Road, 916-381-1625
1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Acres Nursery & Supply – Folsom, 205 Serpa Way, 916-358-9099
Hope to see you Saturday! And, remember, let’s make every day, a water-efficient day.
CB the BT Blogger