A Smart Garden

      more than just a pretty space

PAST CLASSES

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WILD ABOUT WILDFLOWERS!
Saturday, November 11, 2017
10:30am - 12:00pm

FREE!
Instructor:  Antonio Sanchez
Location:  A Smart Garden nursery
                
33 S. Palm Street
                 Ventura, CA  93001
RSVP:  805.667.8585
Native wildflowers love Fall rains, and November & December are the BEST times to sow native seeds!  Learn how to collect, clean and germinate native seeds for Spring blooms. 

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SUCCULENT PUMPKIN DECORATING
Saturday, October 21, 2017
10:30am - 12:00pm
Instructor:  Cari Vega
Location:  A SMART GARDEN nursery
                33 S. Palm Street
                Downtown Ventura, CA  93001
Get ready for Monster Madness with this fun decorating workshop!  We'll create succulent-adorned pumpkins that you can display outside on your front porch to greet trick-or-treaters or inside as a centerpiece for your Halloween Party!  Act now - Classes fill up FAST! 
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WEDNESDAY NIGHT WORKSHOP & WINE
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Instructor:  Cari Vega
Location:  A SMART GARDEN nursery
                 33 S. Palm Street
                 Ventura, CA  93001
It's time for another Wednesday Night Workshop & Wine gathering!  Bring your creativity and leave everything else behind as we relax and make a 14" living succulent wreath just in time for the holiday season.  Use it as a table centerpiece or decoration for your door as you welcome holiday guests into your home.  All materials and instruction provided, including vino & snacks!   

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CALIFORNIA NATIVES
Saturday, October 7, 2017
10:30am - 12:00pm
FREE!

Instructor:  Laura Bauer

Location:  A SMART GARDEN nursery

                  33 S. Palm Street

                  Downtown Ventura, CA  93001

RSVP:  805.667.8585

Learn how to create a naturally easy-care and drought-tolerant garden for you and native wildlife to enjoy using California natives of all shapes, sizes and colors.
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Succulent Wreath Workshop

Saturday, September 30, 2017
10:30am - 12:00pm

Instructor:  Cari Vega

Location:  A SMART GARDEN nursery

                  33 S. Palm Street

                  Downtown Ventura, CA  93001

Make a living wreath in this hands-on workshop!  We'll provide all the materials and instruction you need to make a one-of-a-kind work of art to display on a table or wall outside.  Keep for yourself or give as a gift!  

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Houseplants, Orchids, Tillandsias & Bromeliads
Saturday, September 23, 2017
10:30am -12:00pm
FREE
Instructor:  Cari Vega
Location:  A Smart Garden nursery
                33 S. Palm Street
                Downtown Ventura, CA  93001
RSVP:  805.667.8585
We'll cover everything you need to know to successfully grow plants in your home, office or even on your patio:  lighting needs, watering habits, decorating tips and more!  Plants covered will include traditional houseplants, orchids, bromeliads and tillandsias (air plants)!  Please RSVP -- classes fill up FAST!

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Wednesday Night Workshop & Wine!
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Instructor:  Cari Vega
Location:  A Smart Garden nursery
                33 S. Palm Street
                Downtown Ventura, CA  93001

RSVP:  805.667.8585

Let's start a new tradition -- Wednesday Night Workshops & Wine! We'll kick it off with our Vertical Succulent Garden Workshop. Start with this ready-made 10" x 10" x 3" Cedar Box and plant it with assorted succulent cuttings! Choose your own cuttings to create your own living work of art to hang on your wall outside. All materials and instruction provided, including vino & snacks! 
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Controlling Pests in the Garden Naturally

Saturday, September 16, 2017

10:30am - 12:00pm

FREE!

Instructor:  Ron Whitehurst

Location:  A SMART GARDEN nursery

                33 S. Palm Street

                Downtown Ventura, CA  93001

RSVP:  805.667.8585

Join Ron Whitehurst, Co-Owner of Rincon-Vitova Insectaries, for a discussion on controlling pests in your garden naturally with beneficial insects.  Please call to RSVP--classes fill up FAST!

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SUCCULENT WREATH-MAKING WORKSHOP
THURSDAY, September 14, 2017
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Instructor:  Cari Vega

Location:  A SMART GARDEN nursery

                  33 S. Palm Street

                  Downtown Ventura, CA  93001

RSVP:  805.667.8585

This  one is for those of you who can't join us on Saturdays!  We'll provide all the materials you need to create a living wreath--you just bring your creativity! 

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Kids' Succulent Garden Workshop
Saturday, September 9, 2017
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Instructor:  Avleane, Age 7
Location:  A SMART GARDEN nursery
                  33 S. Palm Street
                  Downtown Ventura, CA  93001
RSVP:  805.667.8585
Let's get our hands dirty!  This workshop for kids will be taught by Avleane, a kid herself and experienced gardener!  The kids will pick out 3 of their favorite succulents and then plant them in their own, personalized terra cotta pot to take home.  This is going to be FUN!!   
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EDIBLE GARDEN PLANNING & CARE
Saturday, September 2, 2017
10:30am - 12:00pm
FREE!

Instructor:  Laura Maher

Location:  A SMART GARDEN nursery

                  33 S. Palm Street

                  Downtown Ventura, CA  93001

RSVP:  805.667.8585

Learn how to plan, plant and care for an organic, edible garden that is beautiful, productive and sustainable. 
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SUCCULENT SWAP & CLASS

Saturday, August 19th
10:30am - 12:00pm

FREE!

Instructor:  Cari Vega

Location:  A SMART GARDEN nursery

                  33 S. Palm Street

                  Downtown Ventura, CA  93001

RSVP:  805.667.8585

Let's talk about Succulents!  We'll cover different types, care needs and demonstrate creating a potted succulent arrangement.  Class participants are encouraged to bring cuttings from their own most unusual succulents to share and swap with other attendees!

Refreshments ~ Raffle ~ Discounts ~ FREE PARKING LOTS behind store and across the street!

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GARDEN DESIGN

Saturday, August 5, 2017

10:30am - 12:00pm

FREE!

Instructor:  Cari Vega

Location:  A SMART GARDEN nursery

                  33 S. Palm Street

                  Downtown Ventura, CA  93001

RSVP:  805.667.8585

Considering revamping your front or back yard, but not sure where to start?  We'll break it down for you and make it easier than you think to get started creating a low-maintenance showpiece without breaking the bank.
 Refreshments ~ Raffle ~ Discounts ~ FREE PARKING LOTS behind store and across the street!
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GARDENING for CUT FLOWERS

Saturday, July 29, 2017

10:30am - 12:00pm

FREE!

Instructor:  Cari Vega

Location:  A Smart Garden nursery

                33 S. Palm Street

                Dowtown Ventura, CA  93001

RSVP:  805.667.8585

Love the idea of going into your own yard to pick fresh flowers for inside the house?  We

ll show you all the best plants you can grow to create beautiful bouquets that will add a touch of beauty and fragrance to your home for special gatherings or everyday living at its finest.  Class will include a floral arranging demonstration!

Refreshments ~ Raffle ~ Discount Coupon ~ FREE PARKING lots behind store and across street!

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MEDITERRANEAN NATIVES & DROUGHT-TOLERANT GARDENS
in collaboration with Ventura Water
Saturday, July 15, 2017       
10:00  - 11:30 am

FREE!
Instructor:  Cari Vega
Location:  A Smart Garden nursery                
                3
3 S. Palm Street, Ventura, CA  93001
                RSVP:  805.652.4501  or www.venturawater.net

We'll show you the best plants for creating a spectacularly pretty drought-tolerant garden.  Learn easy tricks to help conserve water!

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Butterflies, Bees & Birds in the garden
 
Saturday, July 1, 2017
10:30am - 12:00pm

Instructor:  Cari Vega

Location:  A SMART GARDEN nursery

FREE!
Want a garden full of hummingbirds, butterflies and bees?
We'll teach you what they need to be drawn to and thrive
in your garden naturally.
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Aromatherapy Herbs in the Garden
Saturday, June 24, 2017
11:00am - 12:00pm

Instructor:  Sabine Dodane

Location:  A SMART GARDEN nursery

FREE!
Join the founder of "Reves de Sabine" natural skin care line, Sabine Dodane, as she explains the many benefits of essential oils found in common herbs that you can grow in your own yard! 
Raffle ~ Refreshments ~ Discount Coupon ~ FREE PARKING
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COMPANION PLANTING
Saturday, June 3, 2017
10:300am - 12:00pm

Instructor:  Cari Vega

Location:  A SMART GARDEN nursery

FREE!
Discover which plants can help your garden grow stronger, healthier, more productive AND invite beneficial insects into your garden to combat pest problems.  Put your garden to work for YOU!
Raffle ~ Refreshments ~ Discount Coupon

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CONTAINER GARDENING

Saturday, May 6th, 2017              

10:30am - 12:00pm

with Cari Vega

FREE!

Location:  A SMART GARDEN nursery

                   33 S. Palm Street

                   Downtown Ventura, CA  93001

RSVP:  805.667.8585

Learn How to Successfully Grow Everything from Trees to Herbs in any kind of Pot.   Don't worry, it's easier than you think!

Demonstration ~ Refreshments ~ Raffle ~ Discounts

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"DESIGNING & MAINTAINING YOUR WATER WISE GARDEN"

WhereCity of Ventura

              Public Works Maintenance Yard

              336 Sanjon Road

              Ventura, CA  93001

When:   Saturday,  June 4, 2016

Time:     10:00am - 11:30am

What:    If you have been thinking of transitioning your existing yard into a low-water use garden, but don't know where to start, this class is for you!  We'll provide maintenance tricks and design tips to get you on the road to a beautiful, low maintenance garden that easily uses 50% less water than it previously did.  Come early to say hello and grab some refreshments.  ALSO:  as part of the City of Ventura's Water Wise Gardening Series, there will also be irrigation professionals on hand to speak with you about your watering methods right after the class!
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Spring Container Gardening

Where:  Green Thumb Nursery

              1899 Victoria Avenue

              Ventura, CA  93003

When:   Saturday,  March 12th, 2016

Time:     10:30am - 12:00pm

What:    Just in time for Spring (3/20) and Easter (3/27) decorating, learn all the tricks to building an outstanding container garden.  We'll cover everything from succulents, annuals, perennials or herbs in wine barrels, hanging baskets and pots .  

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Drought-Tolerant Landscape Design

Where:  Pleasant Valley Garden Club

              Fireside Room, Camarillo Seventh-Day Adventist Church

              3975 E. Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA  93010

When:   Thursday, October 15, 2015

Time:    10:30 am

What:    An overview of Drought-Tolerant Landscaping that will cover water-saving

               gardening methods, specific plant varieties, lawn-replacement options &

               removal methods and landscape design concepts and processes.

For more information, call (805) 484-5273 or visit www.the-pvgc.com

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Fall Season Vegetable & Herb Gardening

Where:  Olivas Adobe

               4200 Olivas Park Drive

               Ventura, CA  93003

When:    Sunday, September 13, 2015

Time:      10:30am - 12:00pm

What:      Join us at the historic Olivas Adobe, California Historical Landmark #115, to  

                learn which vegetables and herbs grow best in the Fall.  We'll discuss the

                Adobe's kitchen garden and what they grew, then we'll build a raised bed

                on-site.  We'll finish by planting the new raised bed for the coming Fall.

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3-part Series on Drought-Tolerant Gardens

Where:  Green Thumb Nursery

              1899 Victoria Avenue

              Ventura, CA  93003

When:   Saturdays,  8/15, 8/29 and 9/12/15

Time:     10:30am - 11:30am

What:    Class #1 - "Drought-Proofing Your Garden"

              Learn quick and easy ways to immediately start saving water and money

              without sacrificing your existing garden.

              Class #2 - "Lawn Replacements"

              Lawns soak up the majority of water used in gardens.  Learn ways to reduce or

              replace your lawn to save money and water.

               Class #3 - "Drought-Tolerant Landscape Design"

              Learn basic landscape design principles, processes, and the best low water-use

              plants available to help you transform your garden into a gorgeous, drought-

               tolerant landscape.

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