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Register for City of Palo Alto Events & Workshops

We offer a variety of workshops to help you 'green' your life. Learn how to reduce waste, conserve water, save energy, and prevent pollution! Check back regularly since this page is updated with new workshops throughout the year.

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Worm Composting Basics
Compost Basics
Less-Toxic Pest Control
Other Local Events & Workshops

Compost Basics
Using compost in your garden improves your soil, benefiting your plants and enhancing your garden's health and vitality. Compost helps plants absorb nutrients already in your soil, allows plants to develop better root structure which will help them grow healthier, and holds onto water and nutrients that are applied and slowly releases them when plants need them. Learn how easy it is to compost, attend one of these free compost workshops.
September 3, 2016
10am - Noon
Master Gardener's Demonstration Garden
Eleanor Pardee Park, garden entrance on Center Drive near Martin Avenue
Palo Alto
To register online click here or call (408) 918-4640
October 15, 2016
10am - Noon
Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
4000 Middlfield Road
Palo Alto
To register online click here or call (408) 918-4640

Landscape Design and Planning

Designed for beginners interested in landscape design or for residents planning to replace their lawn with a water efficient landscape, this class is a step-by-step overview of basic landscape design principles. Learn about optimal plant arrangements, design concepts, and have your questions answered by a professional landscape contractor. By the end of the class, you can expect to leave with ideas for your landscape conversion. Bring a rough sketch of your landscape with approximate measurements, a pencil, and an eraser to brainstorm ideas for what your new water efficient landscape will look like.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
9:30 am - noon
Lucie Stern Community Center, Community Room
1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
To register online, click here.

Less-Toxic Pest Control

Fall Garden Pest Prevention

Fall is the perfect time to set your garden up for success in the spring. Come learn about what you can do now to help prevent pests and disease in the coming months. Participants will also learn how to keep ants, rodents and other pests out of the home.  Brought to you by the City of Palo Alto Public Works - Watershed Protection, Common Ground Garden and the Our Water, Our World Program. 

October 1, 2016
2pm - 4pm
Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto (Palo Alto Christian Reformed Church garden area)
Cost: $5.00
To register online: or call (650) 329-2122 for more information

Pruning, Propagation and Dead Heading

When to prune and how much?  After beautiful summer blooms, should you cut back all flowers? If so, how much? In this class you will learn how to prune, propagate and deadhead plants to improve and maintain their health. Bring your shears and a few sample branches from your garden. You will learn how to properly prune and maintain your shears.

Saturday, October 15, 2016
9:30 - noon
Lucie Stern Community Center, Community Room
1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
To register online, click here.

Other Local Events & Workshops:

Regional Workshops
Lucie Stern Demonstration Garden
Palo Alto City Hall Demonstration Garden
UCCE Master Gardener's Demonstration Garden
Transition Palo Alto Share Faire
Document Shredding Events
Repair Café Palo Alto
Citywide Yard Sale

Last Updated September 6, 2016