The public is invited to a free informational seminar on drought-tolerant gardening techniques presented by the Menlo Park Library on Saturday, September 6. The seminar’s presenter is Alane O’Rielly Weber, a Sustainable San Mateo County Award Winner, a long-time Master Composter, and owner of Botanical Arts in San Mateo. Weber’s early educational focus on Biology, […]

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Water efficient gardening 101 is topic at Sept. 6 talk at Menlo Park Library

by Contributed Content on September 1, 2014

The public is invited to a free informational seminar on drought-tolerant gardening techniques presented by the Menlo Park Library on Saturday, September 6. The seminar’s presenter is Alane O’Rielly Weber, a Sustainable San Mateo County Award Winner, a long-time Master Composter, and owner of Botanical Arts in San Mateo. Weber’s early educational focus on Biology, Botany and Horticulture was later supplemented with a focus on Permaculture, soil microbiology and botanical illustration, and has led her to a 40-year career in the professional landscape trades. The program is co-sponsored by BAWSCA, the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency. The agency represents the interests of 24 cities and water districts, and two private utilities, that purchase water wholesale from the San Francisco regional water system. These entities provide water to 1.7 million people, businesses and community organizations in Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. BAWSCA’s stated goals are to ensure a reliable water supply, high-quality water, and a fair price. “Water Efficient Gardening 101” will cover the basics of plants, planting, care and ongoing maintenance for a garden landscape featuring water-wise or drought-tolerant plants. Both large-scale and small-scale projects will be addressed, including patio and container gardening. There will be a raffle at the event for several drought-tolerant plants, and free refreshments will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. The free gardening program  will take place Saturday, September 6 at 11:oo am at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, located at 701 Laurel Street. Free wheelchair accessible van service is available for Menlo Park area seniors and people with disabilities. Call 330-2512 for van reservations. For event details, visit www.menlopark.org/library, or e-mail John Weaver, Menlo Park Library Outreach Coordinator, at weaver@plsinfo.org.

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