February 7, 2015

Advances in Irrigation Efficiency and Soil Treatments,  call Ron Merckling at Casitas Water to reserve a spot,  649-2251 x118
at Oak View Park & Resource Center, 9-12 noon

2015 feb wkshop
2015 feb wkshop

Past Events

January 24, 2015 at Louise Lowry Davis Center, 1232 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara




Join us to hear a wide variety of lectures on gardening in drought. All lectures are time-certain, so spend the day with us or drop in to learn more about a specific topic! Question and answer period will follow each lecture. We hope to see you there! Parking is free for attendees.
Schedule of Lectures
8:30-9:15 Sustainability – Harnessing the Power of the Landscape Dr. Steve Windhager, Executive Director, Santa Barbara
Botanic Garden
9:25-10:05 Composting Basics Master Gardeners Steve Lewis and Bill Howard
10:15-10:45 Irrigation Basics Master Gardener Gary Kravetz
10:45-11:15 Irrigation Efficiency and Troubleshooting Cathie Pare, Water Resources Specialist, City of Santa Barbara
11:25-11:55 Sensational Succulents Master Gardeners Deana McMillion and Len Grabowski
11:55-12:30 Lunch Break
12:30-1:00 Landscape Rebates and Other Free Programs Madeline Ward, Acting Water Conservation Coordinator, City of Santa Barbara
1:10-1:55 Turning Grey Water Into Green: Laundry to Landscape Systems Barbara Wishingrad, Sweetwater Collaborative
2:05-2:45 Nifty Natives for Your Garden Bruce Reed, Horticulturist, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
2:55-3:40 Delicious Drought-Tolerant Herbs Master Gardener Katy Renner
3:50-4:45 Designing Your Water Wise Garden Billy Goodnick, Landscape Architect and Author
Questions? Call 805-893-3485
Louise Lowry Davis Center, 1232 De La Vina St., Santa Barbara, CA

January 10, 2015: Stewart Canyon Creek Restoration workdays with Ojai Trees, C.R.E.W. and OVGC volunteers in Ojai (just below parking lot in Lower Libby Park).

All ages welcome.

When: January 10, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Rain or Shine

Where: meet at the Libbey Park lower tennis court parking lot off Montgomery St.

What: planting trees.  No experience necessary with zero pay, but lots of good karma and satisfaction included in benefit package.

Why: to re-establish a functioning wetland and riparian ecosystem that supports a diversity of wildlife species and to improve the flow of water.

Details at Ojai Valley Green Coalition website.

12-13-14 The CREW and OVGC crew 12-13-14 Planting Day

Rainwater Runoff Harvesting, Tuesday November 18th, 6-7:30 pm, Faulkner Library Gallery in Santa Barbara

Rainwater and Runoff Harvesting Workshop, Friday November 21st, 8:30 am— Location TBA, Santa Barbara

Help your Landscape Survive the Drought –  A workshop presented by Garrett Clifford from Ojai Trees and Renee Roth from Rainscape Designs. Links to handouts:  from Renee Roth WE ARE IN HISTORIC DROUGHT3 Water Wise Lawn Alternatives (SB Water) , S&S Seed Native Grass Sods, Ojai Trees Suggested Tree listflier wateringtrees in drought

Ocean Friendly Garden – Install Plants and Irrigation -October 18, 2014 from 9-12pm, 491 S. Dos Caminos in Ventura
Hands on workshop where you learn how to plant, what to plant, with berms and swales that capture rainwater off the roof along with converting pop-up irrigation to drip.  Surfrider team has already removed turf and created rain water catchment areas.
Download flyer here:Installation.flyer.Oct18rr
OFG Installation Oct 18

Carpenteria Sustainable Landscape Fair on October 18, 2014, from 10-2pm, 399 Linden Ave (next to the Spot)
Download flyer here:Flyer No 1

City of Ventura Water Wise Class on October 18, 2014  – Composting and Urban Soils at Cornucopia Gardens (Telephone Road & Ramelli Avenue)
Create healthy backyard mulch, compost and worm castings from your food and yard waste to conserve water, reduce pesticides and revive urban soil. For more information, call 652-4501.

Summit on WATER CONSERVATION on October 25
* 10-2 pm, Ventura City Hall * Assemblymember Das William, City of Ventura, Ventura Water, and Ventura Chamber of Commerce

Soil Food Web workshop with Dr Elaine Ingham, October 28-30, in Ojai, sign up at


Ventura County Water Use Efficiency meeting proposed October 30th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Ventura City Hall; 501 PoliSt. Santa Cruz Meeting Room

Localizing CA Waters,  November 3-6, 2014, Register at
Where:  Evergreen Lodge, near Yosemite National Park – A unique conference focusing on Integrated Water Reuse and LID Techniques: Stormwater, Rainwater, Greywater, Black water as well as California Water Reuse Policy and Watershed Management.

 NATIVE Plant Sales

Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens-September 27 – November 2, 2014 at 1212 Mission Canyon Road • Santa Barbara, CA 93105 • (805) 682-4726

Theodore Payne Foundation-October 10, 11 17 & 18 at 10459 Tuxford Street • Sun Valley, CA 91352 • (818) 768-1802

 DOWN THE ROAD events:


Ojai Valley Land Conservancy Plant Sale October 11, 9 a.m. – 12 Nursery Manager will be selling some of the OVLC’s best stock of natives from our own Ojai Meadows, located at Ojai Meadows Preserve Native Plant Nursery on Besant Road.

Australian Native Plant Sale October 11 & 12Australian Native Plants | 805-649-3362 |  9040 North Ventura Ave, Casitas Springs, CA 93001(Nursery Entrance on Nye Road) 15% off plants, pots and furniture!

Ventura River Watershed Council Meeting Tuesday, October 7, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm, at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View.  Interested community members are encouraged to attend. Agenda items: Review completed sections of  Watershed Management Plan, info on historic groundwater bills signed by the Governor on September 16, 2014 and  representatives from Ventura Water (Karen Waln and Ryan Kintz) and Casitas Municipal Water District (Ron Merckling) will discuss current water conservation and water use efficiency programs. (Golden State Water has also been invited.)

LEARN TO MAKE QUALITY COMPOST AND UNDERSTAND THE SOIL FOOD WEB with Bill Palmisano September 27th, 9am-4pm 4025 Foothill Rd. (805) 570 – 7965

May 5, 2014 UCSB Bren School Panel Discussion on Water and Drought in California  This recent Bren School faculty panel discussion on water and drought was held May 5 at Bren Hall. The featured faculty members were Gary Libecap, Arturo Keller, Jim Salzman, and Robert Wilkinson.

SoCal Bloomers Class – June 14th: Love plants but not sure which ones are best for your garden? Discover colorful, climate-appropriate plants to incorporate beautifully into your water-wise landscape.  Lisa Burton of Nature by Design will lead this informative, free class from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the City of Ventura Sanjon Maintenance Yard (336 Sanjon Rd.). Recognized as a leader in sustainable landscape design, Burton has been installing lawn alternatives, such as Ocean Friendly Gardens and Wildlife Habitat Gardens, for more than a decade in Ventura County. Sign up today here or call (805) 652-4501.


The City of Ventura Water Wise class info is  below from website:

To Register call Jill Sarrick Santos at (805) 652-4501.


JUNE 16 to June 19


soil food el lo
soil food el lo

March 15, 10-11:30 Ojai Community Demonstration Garden, behind Ojai City Hall

Mike Inaba, Arborist talks about our mighty Oaks, how to take care of them in drought.

Also on March 15, 8-12am, Ojai Trees first planting day of 2014,
More details here:
(meet in the parking lot of Lower Libby Park)


“Concerned Citizens of Ojai Valley: Facing Drought Together”

March 9, 2014, 1:30 -5:00 pm at the Ojai Retreat

excerpt from Ojai Valley Green Coalition webpage
Reporter Kit Stolz, will ask questions of a panel of leading voices from government (Board Supervisor, Steve Bennett; Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD) general manager, Steve Wickstrum; and Ojai Groundwater Management Agency board member, Russ Baggerly); business and agriculture (farmer and Farmer and the Cook co-owner, Steve Sprinkel); and the environmental movement (Ojai Valley Green Coalition executive director, Deborah Pendrey).

Because we believe in helping each other save water, we are also holding a workshop session, organized by local civil engineer Bill O’Brien, who will speak on greywater strategies. Cinnamon McIntosh of CMWD will share information on saving water, and Renee Roth will offer some climate-appropriate landscape tactics.

Local pastor Victoria Loorz has asked a multi-faith group of leaders to join her – theologian Ched Meyers; Chumash leader Julie Tumamait-Stenslie; Zen Buddhist leader Kenley Neufeld; and Ojai’s Jewish Temple President, Sheila Cohn – to help us see how we can benefit from praying together in our different ways. More than anything, that’s what this event “Concerned Citizens of Ojai Valley: Facing Drought Together” is about, and why the Director of the Ojai Retreat, Ulrich Brugger, wanted to host it – to allow us to find a way to face, as a community, the threat of water scarcity.

Please join us. Visit our “Ojai Valley Drought Watch” Facebook page for more information. This is a donation-only event, but seating at The Ojai Retreat is limited: please make reservations at 805-640-1142.




2 thoughts on “Events

  1. November 6, 2014 / 10:07 pm

    Hi Rene,

    I am a master gardener intern in Atlanta and have come across your prairie grass root system print. I love that it is in color and not black and white. I was wondering if I could purchase a print of that to frame for my home?

    Thanks for considering.


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