Get involved with LA County’s Smart Gardening Classes

Jul 10, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Would you like to learn how to reduce yard waste and improve your lawn and garden, while saving money and energy at the same time?

Started in 1994, Smart Gardening is an easy way to get a really great looking yard while using less water, energy and wasting fewer resources. You save yourself time and money while doing something that helps keep Los Angeles County a nicer place to live and work.

Composting is the secret.

Backyard composting is “an attractive, simple method of managing organic wastes at home. It has the advantage of being readily adaptable to fit individual lifestyles, income, yard size, and overall ambition.”

By attending the Smart Gardening Workshops, sponsored by the County of Los Angeles’ Department of Public Works, Environmental Programs Division, you’re taught how to compost and all the associated benefits from doing so.

Each workshop is about an hour and a half, and takes place throughout the entire county.

Beginning workshops provide hands-on instruction on composting, worm composting, grasscycling, and water-wise and fire-wise gardening. Residents can purchase a backyard or worm composting bin at a discount at the workshops.

The first class starts this morning at 9:30am in Torrance at Columbia Park, but classes are held all over the county almost every Saturday until the end of November.

To help you find the class location near you, Travelin’ Local has created a map, which includes the day and time of the class. The map only includes the beginner levels, so if you’re interested in the advanced levels, please head over to the DWP:

View LA Smart Gardening Workshop Locations in a larger map

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