A Smart Garden

      more than just a pretty space


A SMART GARDEN offers gardening classes and hands-on workshops throughout the year on dozens of topics including:

  • Drought-tolerant Landscaping
  • Waterwise Tree & Plant Selection
  • Mediterranean & CA Native Plants
  • Basic Garden Design
  • Turf Replacement
  • Drought-proofing your Garden
  • The Importance of Trees
  • Succulent Gardening
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Container Gardening
  • Wildlife in Your Garden: Butterflies & Birds
  • Fruit Tree Pruning
  • Rose Care & Pruning
  • Orchid Care & Repotting
  • Shade Gardening
  •  Houseplant Care & Design
  • Succulent Wreath Workshop
  • Terrarium Workshop
  • Vertical Garden Workshop
  • Succulent Garden Workshop
  • Herb Garden Workshop
  • Hanging Basket Workshop
  • Container Gardening Workshop
   and more!
We have collaborated with garden centers, gardening clubs, community groups and cities to present gardening classes. 

We are happy to talk with your business, community group or private party about scheduling a class on a topic of your choosing at your convenience.  



in collaboration with Ventura Water's Free Gardening Class Series
Date:  Saturday, May 11, 2019       
Time:  10:00  - 11:30 am

Cost:  FREE!

Instructor:  Cari Vega
Location:  City of Ventura Public Works Maintenance Yard

                   336 Sanjon Road

                   Ventura, CA  93001

Trees are the backbone of any balanced garden, and too often overlooked in residential settings.  They provide SO MANY benefits to people, the environment, and water conservation!  Come learn about the importance of trees in a water wise landscape in this FREE GARDENING CLASS, courtesy of The City of Ventura.  This class will cover the best varieties available locally, and will review tree planting, watering, pruning and more!  All with an eye toward environmental sustainability and organics.


Click below to sign up for this FREE class!

Click here to register for the class!

Student Feedback

"WOW!!  Thank you so much for this amazing class."--R. Farrell, Oxnard

"Great class!  Great teacher!" -- S. Carlin, Studio City

"I've been a member for 20 years, and she was great!!  She knew her orchids and the care of them" -- M. Shull, Sherman Oaks Garden Club

"I was late in attending but I learned so much!  I enjoyed the class very much.  I wish there were more classes I could attend."  -- J. Pyles, North Hollywood

"Great ideas about roses.  Good educator."  -- R. Meyer, Valley Village

"Roses are gorgeous!  Following your pruning suggestions." -- B. Mockler, Oxnard

"Great presentation.  Cari is a wonderful, vibrant educator -- and pretty and fun!" -- T. Estrada, Port Hueneme

"I am very interested in pruning my beautiful fruit trees and ... caring for my veggies and herbs.  Thank you for these classes."  -- M. K. Sachs, Van Nuys

"I enjoyed this class tremendously.  Our instructor was tremendously knowledgeable, and also obviously passionate about orchids."    -- M. Bennett, Sherman Oaks

"Very informative -- great explanation of care and repotting demonstration" -- K. Freyermuth, Arleta

"Very enjoyable and interesting"  -- R. McRee, North Hollywood

"Love these classes -- Thx!" -- E. Garcia, Sherman Oaks

"Great class.  Can't wait for the next one." -- D. Stark, Port Hueneme

"Really enjoy the classes -- please continue."  -- M. Fragodt, Encino

"Wonderful presentation.  Learned a lot."  -- S. Perry, Van Nuys

"Wonderful presentation.  Thank you!"  -- N. Wilson, Van Nuys