Here’s some upcoming events that will help you learn how and share great ideas for your own South Bay home:
- SOUTH BAY SOLAR & GREEN HOME TOUR
Saturday, May 12, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
The Environmental Priorities Network is sponsoring its seventh annual Solar Homes Tour in the Hermosa Beach, Torrance, and Redondo Beach. Attending this tour or any home included in it will open up a new world of technologies to help you to participate in a sustainable energy economy. Reducing energy use will help to save our planet from catastrophic climate change, and will save you money as well. The listed homes have many other environmental features like solar hot water heating, double pane windows, low voltage lighting, off-peak timed appliances, and native and drought-tolerant plantings. This is a great opportunity to find out more about conservation, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. Each home will be open to visitors for two hours or more starting with the first one from 8:30 to 10:30 AM. The last home can be visited from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. At one home you may view the control panel showing the meter running backwards, and at another you may inspect the electric car in the garage. You are requested to present the flyer to the host or hostess of each home that you visit. Tour Flyer.
- SUCCESS WITH SUCCULENTS
Saturday, May 12 10 – 11 a.m.
Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden
Maria Capaldo, Award-Winning Cactus Cultivator
Patrick Moore, Local Succulent Enthusiast
Ever noticed just about every article about landscaping in Southern California suggests using cacti and succulents? They’re perfect for our climate, especially for blending with native plants and grasses to create stunning, yet water wise displays. Patrick will lead a discussion on how to use these amazing plants in environments ranging from the windowsill to the front yard. A wide variety of samples will be available for sale. (All proceeds donated to MBBG.) Prior registration required. Contact Julie Gonella at (310) 546-1354 or Julie@manhattanbeachbotanicalgarden.org. Leave your name(s), class request(s), number of people attending and phone # when calling.
- WHAT IS PERMACULTURE AND HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN
Memorial Day Weekend
Lecture – Saturday May 26, 3 – 6 p.m. $20
Hands-On Workdays – Sunday May 27 1 – 6 pm $30 and Monday May 28 9 am – 6 pm $30
$75 for 3-day Workshop
Pacific Unitarian Church
Permaculture is a land use and community building movement, which strives for the harmonious integration of human dwellings, microclimate, annual and perennial plants, animals, soils, and water into stable, productive communities.The weekend workshop will cover land planning; how to build the design; irrigation; soil fertility management; composting and vermi-composting; mulching; permaculture lasagna; planting annual and perennial herbs, vegetables, fruit and nut trees; and orchard slopes. Led by Dr. Bill Roley, the director of the Permaculture Institute of Southern California, he is an applied ecologist, environmental instructor and consultant. He also designs strategies to improve sustainable resources for homes, organizations, governments and businesses. He heads the Ecological Restoration Certificate Program at Saddleback College and teaches biology at Soka University. Pre-registration required.
- MUCH ADO ABOUT MULCH
Saturday, June 2 10 – 11 a.m.
Manhattan Beach Garden
Mike Garcia, Enviroscape
Want to know how to get some free mulch? How about how to choose the right mulch for maximum benefit to your yard? Or maybe you’re wondering if there is any danger or risk to using mulch. This class will give you all the inside information, and provide you with a resource for free mulch. Prior registration required. Contact Julie Gonella at (310) 546-1354 or Julie@manhattanbeachbotanicalgarden.org. Leave your name(s), class request(s), number of people attending and phone # when calling.