Master Gardener Workshops
Western Municipal Water District partners with the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardener Program of Riverside County to host FREE monthly workshops that focus on gardening and efficient outdoor water use.
Workshops are hosted on the second Saturday of each month.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, workshops are being held virtually.
Adding style to your landscape
September 11, 2021 | 10 a.m.
Speaker: Rob Whipple, Water Resources Specialist III, Western MWD
Western's new Landscape Style Guide will help you replace your lawn with a more joyful and water efficient outdoor space. Rob Whipple, will share eight landscape styles and plant lists that will transform your turf with style. We are sure we have a style for you!
Why saving water today is the No. 1 garden priority
October 9, 2021 | 10 a.m.
Speaker: Celeste Cantú, UCCE Master Gardener
Speaker: Linda Mullins, UCCE Master Gardener
Linda Mullins is a certified organic farmer in the Temecula Valley growing a variety of avocados and giant winter squash for restaurants and local grocers. She and her husband have been farming here since 2012 and have been certified organic since 2019. Linda has been a UCCE Master Gardener since 2015 and has taught the avocado session of the Master Gardener training classes in 2019 and 2020. The Mullins grow a wide range of fruits and vegetables on their farm for home and commercial markets.
Grow an edible bounty in containers
Saturday, April 10, 2021 | 10 a.m.
Speaker: UCCE Master Gardener, Kathy Swanson
UCCE Master Gardener, Kathy Swanson, will show you how to create an edible bounty in containers. With her proven techniques, all you need is a small space and a few various containers to be successful.
Bees, pollinators and backyard wildlife
Saturday, March 13, 2021 | 10 a.m.
The humming of bees is the music of a garden. Chris McDonald, Ph.D. will take us through the natural history of backyard wildlife including bees, butterflies, and birds and teach us how to attract more wildlife to your yard with drought-tolerant and native plants.
Speaker: Chris McDonald, Ph.D.
Christopher McDonald Ph.D. Natural Resource Advisor, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, and Imperial Counties. University of California, Cooperative Extension. Chris is the Natural Resource Advisor for Southern California. His expertise is in managing plants in wild lands with an emphasis on managing difficult weeds. He conducts research on habitat restoration by reducing weed populations as well as actively increasing native plant populations. He also conducts research on early detection of weed species, sensitive species habitat restoration and management techniques, including chemical and mechanical control methods. He educates the public about using native plants in backyards and to increase pollinators, sustainability and wildlife. Chris has conducted research and outreach activities in the southwestern US for nearly 20 years working almost exclusively in arid and semi-arid ecosystems.
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 | 10 a.m.
Relax in your vibrant and lively water-wise garden instead of toiling in a traditional turf landscape. Lynn Coffman, UC Master Gardener, will take us on a world tour of Mediterranean plants that also thrive in the Inland Empire. Join us as we continue our landscape design series.
Speaker: Lynn Coffman, UC Master Gardener
Lynn Coffman is a 3rd-year Master Gardener and life-long nature enthusiast. She began her horticultural and design studies in earnest after her children went into high school by selling plants in a wholesale/retail herb specialty nursery in San Diego County. Lynn had no idea that years later, she would become Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) Certified and become a garden coach for homeowners looking to transform their water-thirsty turf landscapes into water-wise oases.
Webinar recording: Drought-tolerant plants (Passcode: 3=M^Az32)
Home landscaping design
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 | 10 a.m.
Learn a simple process for creating a basic landscape plan Whether re-landscaping or updating an existing yard, you will learn to recognize unique conditions and apply design principles leading to your living work of art.
Speaker: Ralph Thompson, UC Master Gardener
Ralph and his husband, Jim, relocated to the Coachella Valley when they retired in 2016. Like many desert ‘transplants’ they soon discovered that their coastal gardening experience wasn’t directly transferable to the conditions of their new home. However, in the process of re-doing their new home’s landscaping, they realized that, while details may be different, the basics of plant care and landscaping are the same no matter the climate. Like many retirees, Ralph and Jim give back to their communities by volunteering with the Riverside County UC Master Gardeners, the Coachella Valley Plumeria Society, the Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City, and the Cathedral City Senior Center. Their week is as busy in retirement as when working full time.
Hydroponics: Gardening without soil
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020 | 10 a.m.
Join us to learn how to grow healthy hydroponically-produced foods using commonly available household items.
Speaker: Kelli Shaw-Hague, UC Master Gardener
Kelli Hague-Shaw, UC Master Gardener and elementary school teacher, is certified in hydroponics from the University of Arizona. With a United States Department of Agriculture Farm to School Grant, and in partnership with her elementary school staff and students and with the City of Perris, she has provided fresh food for her school's lunch program. Presently, she is involved with the management of nine aeroponic towers—a type of hydroponics—and a commercial farm system.
Do you require special accommodation?
Any person with a disability who requires a reasonable modification or accommodation in order to participate in meetings should direct requests to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Learn about our plant of the month:
This resilient variety of sage is a drought tolerant, cold resistant abundantly flowering shrub. It spans about 3 to 4 ft' in height and width, having gray green leaves and light purple/lavender flowers on thin, long stalks. The leaves are fragrant, providing a wonderful scent for your garden. Bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies frequent its flowers. This plant can do well in most any soil, and even in larger containers. The blooms appear in May to August and provide summer flowers for your landscape. For more information on the Cleveland Sage, visit Moosa Creek Nursery.
*Photo credit Moosa Creek Nursery.