Building a Garden Ecology with California Natives


A hands-on class that covers designing a garden as a "watershed." Students work with a client, design in a group, and install the design. Three full days of physical installation are mandatory.


What you can learn.

  • Discover the beauty and characteristic of native plants, and how to combine native plant communities
  • A hands-on course where students learn the basics of design, water needs of native plants, basic irrigation, and garden installation

About this course:

This service learning course helps gardeners and landscape architecture students of all levels understand the beauty and value of using our California natives in a garden setting. There are many myths about California natives: they are difficult and need lots of attention and maintenance. Is this true? No! We explore the ecological and logistical values of bringing local native plants and other ecosystem services back into urban landscapes. We learn, by doing, how to design and install a California native garden, focusing on the concepts of Surfrider's Ocean Friendly Garden Program: conservation, permeability, and retention. In collaboration with SELVA International and the Surfrider Foundation.

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Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

This course applies towards the following certificates & specializations…

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