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Los Rios Park Walk-about: Seeing the Garden... March 06, 2014
Eco XPO : Speaker Series May 17 @ 1:00 PM ~ Los Rios Park Walk-about: Seeing the Garden Through a Designer’s Eyes
Join Billy Goodnick as he uses Los Rios Park’s Native grounds as an outdoor
design classroom. Learn new plants and pick up a few new design ideas for your
own garden. Take home plants are available for sale from the numerous nurseries within the park.
There’s no substitute...
Design like a Pro: Demystifying the Art of Garden... March 06, 2014
ECO/XPO Speaker Series: Learn to Design Like a Pro: Demystifying the Art of Garden Design
Los Rios Park Saturday May 17 10:00am
Using his upbeat delivery style, Billy Goodnick will teach you how to Design Like
a Pro. Billy will be sharing his design tips and demystifying the principles that
result in gardens that are beautiful, useful and sustainable.
Surrounded by dozens of plants...
3 Ways Native Plants Make Gardening So Much Better March 03, 2014
3 Ways Native Plants Make Gardening So Much Better.
You probably know about the lower maintenance. But native plants' other benefits go far beyond a little less watering and weeding.
Six years ago my wife and I married (on 7/7/'07, like so many others), and we immediately moved into our first home together. I told her I wanted a garden, and when she said, "Go for it," I'm not...
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The San Juan Capistrano Sustainable Home and Garden Show will be taking place May 17th and 18th, 2014, in the Historic Los Rios Park. A variety of workshops, resources, and speakers will be available between 9am and 4pm on both days, with a focus on plants, edible landscape, habitat gardens, and workshops. To view a flyer, click here Guest Speakers
Janet Andrews & Kelly Yrarrazaval, founders of Backyard Bees, provide the service of rescuing and relocating honeybee colonies. These backyard urban beekeepers and farmers will tell their story of creating a sustainable small business and how they provide treatment free, unfiltered, local honey & beeswax products to Orange County and beyond.
Award-winning landscape architect, author and Fine Gardening columnist,
Billy Goodnick, demonstrates the fundamentals for creating a beautiful, useful, sustainable garden using plants from your local nurseries. Be inspired and design like a pro! Demystifying the Art of Garden Design teaches you the steps landscape architects use to pick the best plants for your garden. Contrast, Harmony, Balance, Scale, Color and Style. Try out some new ideas on how to create your own “pro” garden design.
Erik Cutter is the Managing Director of Alegría Farm, an interactive demonstration farm located at the Great Park in Irvine, CA, which utilizes high-efficiency hydroponic vertical farming systems to produce and distribute superior salad greens and vegetables. Mr. Cutter is a leading pioneer in developing the use of hydroponic vertical farm technologies. He has a background in Biochemistry and Oncology, and possesses a lifelong passion for creating haute cuisine using the finest ingredients. Mr. Cutter hopes to introduce youth and locals to the amazing benefits of consuming clean & natural locally-grown food.
Kathryn Agresto is a culinary gardener who specializes in chef's gardens. Founding owner of Native Soil Gardens, she designs edible gardens for restaurants, corporations and residences. She masterminded the gardens at the acclaimed restaurant Park Ave, that has 4,000 square feet of vegetable gardens and fruit trees. She combines an artistic eye with her astute palate, creating beauty while selecting the most delectable fruits and vegetables tailored to a chef’s menu preferences. The gardens she created at the seaside restaurant at Montage Laguna, echo the Executive Chef’s love of modern French cuisine and garden-fresh ingredients. Fruit trees, berry bushes and strawberries showoff next to lavender, basil, and fingerling potatoes. Her efforts support the movement in the farm-to-table dining scene, as her intent is to support a Chef's creative approach and vision with homegrown natural produce.
Debra Lee. Baldwin strives to share the beauty of waterwise, easy-care succulents in gardens, containers and landscapes via blog posts, newsletters, public speaking and workshops, photos, videos, merchandise, and social media (Facebook and Pinterest). She is also the author of: Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified.
The executive director of The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano,
Evan Marks hosts and presents experts to engage individuals, families, and students through lectures and workshops in hands-on activities that teach practical approaches to environmental problems at the household and community level. The Center highlights empowering and cutting-edge perspectives to coexist with a thriving environment, focusing on small and big issues as: How to ensure the future health of our oceans? How to inspire change? How to make homes healthier? How to manage food supply and waste?
The founder of Tree of Life Nursery near San Juan Capistrano, California's largest seller of native plants,
Mike Evans and his business partner have become mainstays for natural restoration and native plant landscaping projects. Evans believes many still have the misconception that California native plants are brown and unattractive. He explains that many natives don't go dormant in summer, and even the ones that do look fine with a little water. His aim and intent is not just a focus on drought tolerance, but the restoration of natural beauty to the various growing sites of plant communities of California’s open spaces.
Tom Jesch 30+ year veteran of horticulture and expert in "water-wise" landscaping. With a background in agriculture for over 40 years, he and his wife, Jackie became the founders of Daylily Hill, now Waterwise Botanicals, in the rolling hills of North San Diego County. He refers to Waterwise Botanicals as more than a nursery. It’s more like a field trip …20 acres to explore, experience and inspire.
More guest speakers coming soon. If you’re interested in speaking, please