Landscape and Gardening Workshops

Landscape and Gardening Workshops

Too much or too little water, wind, or sun, can be harmful to any landscape. But with a little knowledge and a water-wise attitude, you can work with the environment to make your landscape healthy, attractive and sustainable.

Our Santa Clarita Valley Landscape and Gardening Workshops offer opportunities for those who want to learn more about sustainability and gardening. Join us virtually once a month to spruce up your gardening knowledge. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, our instructors will have something for everyone!

What to Expect in Our Landscape and Gardening Workshops

SCV Water hosts one virtual monthly class on Saturdays at 9 a.m. Our instructors provide the same great content as our in-person classes but in a more condensed format. Classes focus on the topic for 45 minutes to one hour, followed by a question-and-answer session at the end.

If you miss a class, don’t worry! All presentations are recorded and available for viewing on our website one week after the live class.


2023 Landscape and Gardening Workshop Schedule

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2023 Landscape and Gardening Workshop Schedule

Date Topic Setting Register Video Recording
January 7, 2023 @ 9-11 a.m. Proper Pruning In-person January Not Available
February 4, 2023 @ 9-11 a.m. Strategies for Replacing Your Lawn Virtual February Video
March, 4, 2023 @ 9 a.m. Elements to Designing a Sustainable Landscape  In-person March Not Available
April 8, 2023 @ 9-11 a.m. Small Space Gardening  Virtual April Video
May 6, 2023 @ 9-11 a.m. Cap it or Convert it! Better Landscape Irrigation Practices Virtual May VIdeo
June 10, 2023 @ 9-11 a.m. Intro to Composting and Sustainable Water Solutions  In-person June Not Available
July 8, 2023 @ 9-11 a.m. Sprucing Up Your Landscape and Protecting it Virtual July Video
August 5, 2023 @ 9-11 a.m. Top Plants for the SCV Virtual August Video
September 2, 2023 @ 9-11 a.m. Save Water! Turf Care & Substitutes  Virtual September Video
October 7, 2023 @ 9-11 a.m. Replacing Lawns with Native Plants  In-person October  
November 4, 2023 @ 9-11 a.m. Perennials and Natives for the SCV Virtual November  
December 2, 2023 @ 9-11 a.m. Harvesting Your Own Garden Virtual December  

Click here to view gardening class recordings from 2022.

2022 Virtual Gardening Class Schedule

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2022 Virtual Gardening Class Schedule

Date Topic Register Recording

January 22, 2022 @ 9 - 11 a.m.

Proper Pruning

January Class


February 5, 2022 @ 9 - 11 a.m.

Basics of Sustainable Landscaping

February Class


March 5, 2022 @ 9 - 11 a.m.

Designing a Sustainable Landscape

March Class


April 2, 2022 @ 9 - 11 a.m.

Edible Landscaping –
Growing In Ground, In Containers, and using Raised Beds

April Class


May 14, 2022 @ 9 - 11 a.m

Irrigation Basics for a Sustainable Landscape

May Class


June 11, 2022 @ 9 - 11 a.m.

Managing Soils & Fertilizers in the SCV

June Class


July 9, 2022 @ 9 - 11 a.m.

Controlling Weeds, Pests, and Diseases

July Class


August 6, 2022 @ 9 - 11 a.m.

Top 30 Plants for the SCV

August Class


September 17, 2022 @ 9 - 11 a.m.

Water-Saving Turf Care and Turf Substitutes

September Class


October 15, 2022 @ 9 - 11 a.m.

Perennials and Natives for the SCV

October Class


November 5, 2022 @ 9 - 11 a.m.

Maintaining a Sustainable Landscape

November Class


December 10, 2022 @ 9 - 11 a.m.

Trees and Shrubs for the SCV

December Class


Click here to view gardening class recordings from 2021.

Our Instructors

John Windsor

John Windsor is a Certified Arborist and a California Certified Nurseryman. He has been a Horticultural Advisor in the Santa Clarita Valley for the last 22 years. He has a teaching credential in Horticulture and teaches gardening and landscape classes at the local Adult School and the Santa Clarita Department of Parks and Recreation.


Tim Wheeler

Tim Wheeler has degrees in both Horticulture Science and Park Administration. He has been in the Green Industry for over 25 years. During that time, he has specialized in landscape management, landscape education, and water conservation. Tim has held several certifications and licenses including Certified Arborist, Water Use Efficiency Practitioner, and Certified Landscape Water Auditor.


Stephen Williams

Stephen Williams received his horticultural training at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. He honed his skills at Descanso and Huntington Botanical Gardens, where he worked as garden staff and plant propagator/nursery manager for ten years. He has been affiliated with UCCE Master Gardeners since 1996.