Savvy Gardening Classes

The Saving Water Partnership sponsors free Savvy Gardener classes, mainly in the spring and fall to help you have beautiful, healthy landscapes while using water wisely. Please use the contact information provided for each class to register. Early registration is recommended to ensure your spot in a class.

Simply Lovely: Great Plants for Northwest Gardens

Presenter: Emily Bishton, landscape designer and environmental educator

Planting new trees, shrubs, and other plants is a valuable addition to your landscape, and an investment. Learning how to choose plants that will thrive with year-round beauty, and without requiring a lot of your time or resources, will help you create a sustainable garden no matter how challenging your site conditions are or what kind of weather Mother Nature brings your way. This class will teach you how to analyze your site, then make wise plant choices based on ornamental value, low water use, pest and disease resistance, with hardiness, easy maintenance, wildlife-friendly, safe for children and pets, and that thrive in a variety of soil types. The presentation includes a PowerPoint, display of plants, demonstration of proper planting and mulching methods, and a handout with multiple lists of easy-care plants for sun, shade, dry and wet site conditions.

Saturday, May 6th, 10 – 11:30 AM
To register, call (425) 487-4201 or email deb@woodinvillewater.org
Location: Woodinville Water District
17238 NE Woodinville-Duvall Rd. Bldg. A
Woodinville, WA 98072

Creating a Snack Walk Garden

Presenter: Emily Bishton, landscape designer and environmental educator

This class is designed for our young Savvy Gardeners and their parents. Hands on and child friendly! Learn which vegetables, fruits, herbs, and other plants are easy to grow in the family garden, inspire the imagination, are safe for children and pets, and fun to touch, smell, and taste on frequent "snack walks"! This class includes lots of pictures and hands-on activities.

Tuesday, May 9th, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
To register, call (425) 398-4417 or email conservation@nud.net
Location: Northshore Utility District
6830 NE 185th St.
Kenmore, WA 98028

Easy Peasy Edibles: Perennial Food Plants

Presenter: Jessi Bloom, owner of N.W. Bloom Ecological Landscapes

Do you want to grow your own food but found it is too much work and takes too much of your time? Jessi Bloom will teach about food forest gardening, a permaculture concept that employs design strategies from nature. This way you can grow easy peasy edibles for you and your family that are low maintenance, resilient and sustainable. Plant and enjoy the harvest from your edible landscape for years. She will cover basic food forest design and go over some of her favorite low maintenance edible plants for the Pacific Northwest – all perennials!

Saturday, May 13th, 10 – 11:30 AM
To register, call (425) 487-4201 or email deb@woodinvillewater.org
Location: Woodinville Water District
17238 NE Woodinville-Duvall Rd. Bldg. A
Woodinville, WA 98072

Irrigation Systems - How to Water Your Yard and Garden Efficiently

Presenter: Mark Guthrie, water-efficient landscaper and educator

Have an in-ground irrigation system? Thinking about installing one? Do you want to reduce your water bill while maintaining a beautiful garden and landscape? Mark Guthrie, Landscape Water Conservation Program Manager for the Saving Water Partnership, will explain how you can make your irrigation system more efficient and use less water. Topics include how to set your irrigation timer, choosing the best irrigation equipment for watering plants, and how to use your meter to look for leaks.

Saturday, May 20, 10 – 11:30 AM
To register, call (425) 255-9600 or email info@kcwd90.com
Location: King County Water District 90
15606 SE 128th Street
Renton, WA 98059

The NEW Smart Sprinkler Timers – For A Beautiful, Water Wise Garden

Presenter: Mark Guthrie, water-efficient landscaper and educator

Is it possible for irrigation timers to be so smart they can reduce your landscape water use while maintaining a beautiful garden? The answer is a resounding YES! Mark Guthrie, Landscape Water Conservation Program Manager with the Saving Water Partnership will show you what makes these new timers so smart, how they can reduce your water bill, and outline some of the differences between the many smart timers available today. He will even demonstrate some of the timers currently being used at the Woodinville Water District.

Saturday, June 3rd, 10 – 11:30 AM
To register, call (425) 487-4201 or email deb@woodinvillewater.org
Location: Woodinville Water District
17238 NE Woodinville-Duvall Rd. Bldg. A
Woodinville, WA 98072

Plants That Shine In The Sun

Presenter: Susie Egan, owner of Cottage Lake Gardens

Are you looking for plants that thrive when there’s a drought? Do you want plants that use less water and require less maintenance? Join Susie Egan who will share her favorite sun-loving, drought tolerant plants that are perfect for home gardens. She will also cover water-saving gardening tips such as mulching and efficient watering methods that will not only save water, but your time and money too.

Thursday, June 15th, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
To register, call (425) 255-9600 or email info@kcwd90.com
Location: King County Water District 90
15606 SE 128th Street
Renton, WA 98059