by Elena Freeman
Congratulations to the Marin Master Gardeners, who won a “Community Outreach” award at the National Extension Master Gardener Coordinators Conference in early October for a presentation by Master Gardener Karen Detwiler and a poster promoting the Garden Walk program. Garden Walk is an innovative partnership between the Marin Master Gardeners and MMWD.
The beautiful, award-winning poster—created by Peggy Mathers, Pam Engel, Jill Fugaro, Patti Oji (artist), Steve Swain, Glenn Smith and Karen Detwiler—was on display last week at an end-of-season recognition event for the Master Gardeners who volunteer their time to make the Garden Walk program a success.
Through the Garden Walk program, homeowners in the MMWD service area receive free information and advice to help them conserve water outdoors. During each on-site consultation, the Master Gardeners walk through the garden or yard and advise the home gardener on Bay-Friendly practices such as water-efficient irrigation, healthy soil management and water-wise plant choices. Marin Master Gardeners began offering “Bay-Friendly Garden Walks” in 2008 after receiving special training from MMWD Conservation Specialists. Approximately 100 home garden visits were performed this year.
Although the Garden Walk program has ended for the season, the walks will start up again in Spring/Summer 2011. For more information contact (415) 499-4204.
Ordinance 414 and You: A Workshop for Professional Landscape Architects, Designers and Contractors
October 27, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., College of Marin – Indian Valley Campus, Novato
MMWD’s Ordinance 414 sets new standards for the design and installation of landscapes and irrigation systems to conserve our water resources. Join us to learn what Ordinance 414 means for you and how you can help your customers benefit from the very best water-saving technologies and practices.