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Landscape Classes

Interested in learning how to make your garden native, drought-tolerant, or low maintenance but don't know where to start? Here are some free landscaping classes available in San Mateo County:
Upcoming Landscape Classes Hosted by the City of Burlingame

Please check back in spring 2022!

Previous Landscape Classes Hosted by the City of Burlingame

October 19, 2021 - Build Your Own Laundry-to-Landscape Graywater System
Why send water from your laundry directly to the sewer when you can reuse it to water plants and trees in your yard instead? Learn how to build a “laundry-to-landscape” graywater system for directing water from your clothes washer to the garden for irrigation. Laundry-to-landscape systems can save thousands of gallons of precious drinking water per year. Plus, it does not require a building permit.


October 14, 2021 - Lawn Alternatives for Beginners

Do you want to get rid of all (or part) of your grass lawn but don’t know where to start? This introductory workshop will cover the basics of designing a landscape plan, selecting the right plants for your garden, and how to keep it alive. For the non-Do-It-Yourselfers, this class will also provide a brief overview of the steps involved in hiring outside work (such as landscape architects, contractors, and landscape maintenance).



May 29, 2021 - How to Grow Your Own Salad
Need a social distance hobby? Join us by learning how to grow your own salad ingredients from scratch. This workshop will teach you techniques to conserve water in your garden by growing season edible plants that you can harvest.



May 11, 2021 - Herb Garden 101
Do you enjoy using fresh herbs when you cook? If so, then you probably know how expensive they can be. In this class you will learn how to create your own water-wise herb garden. We will cover what plants to choose, how to plant herbs, whether to start from seed or buy a starter plant, and how to harvest your herbs. 



October 10, 2020 - Rain Gardens 101: How to Design, Build, and Maintain a Rain Garden

This workshop covered the basics of rain gardens and took attendees through considerations, helpful tips, and “how to’s” for the design, construction, and maintenance of a new rain garden. For a list of resources discussed at this workshop, please visit Flow To Bay's Rain Garden webpage.



June 6, 2020 - Attracting Good Bugs to Your Garden
Did you know that 90% of the bugs in our gardens are actually good bugs eating bad bugs? Let’s learn about these most wanted allies and how to invite them to stay. Suzanne Bontempo, a 20+ year horticulture specialist, will discuss how to identify the bugs in your garden, how to keep the good ones around, and which plants are good bug magnets. This workshop will share kid-friendly worksheets so your children can also learn.



May 16, 2020 - Rainwater Harvesting 101: A (Rain) Barrel of Fun & Learning
Are you interested in having an eco-friendly garden? Join for a one hour webinar as we learn how to capture and harvest rainwater from your roof. We’ll discuss how rain barrels help in pollution prevention, what you need to get started at home, and how you can save money with the countywide rebate. We'll also explore how rain gardens can be used in your home to help decrease water usage and property flooding using native plants. 



May 22, 2019 - Design Your Own Native Plant Landscape
Landscape architect Juanita Salisbury will teach you the principles of garden design and explain how to do a design from start to finish. Get ready to put your pencil to paper! You are finally ready to remove your lawn in order to save water, lower your maintenance time, and create habitat, and you want to create the design yourself.

April 20, 2019 - Harvesting Rainwater and Building a Rain Garden
Is your garden ready for the rain? This hands-on workshop will teach you methods for harvesting rainwater in your garden and using native plants to soak up the rain. Discover techniques for assembling and maintaining an inexpensive rainwater system. In addition, learn the steps to installing a rain garden to help capture and treat stormwater runoff.