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May 5, 2016
Contact: Lauren Zerweck,, 619-315-1905

Saturday: Get Smart About Landscaping with Orange County Coastkeeper’s SmartScape

Free public workshop to teach locals about drought-tolerant garden beautification

WHAT: Drought-tolerant landscaping can transform an ordinary yard into a work of art while saving home and business owners resources, time and money. Orange County Coastkeeper presents a workshop to teach locals about SmartScape – a program designed to ensure success through every step of the drought-tolerant landscaping transition process.

The free workshop will take place at the Coastkeeper Garden, a 2.5 acre sustainable garden showcasing drought-tolerant and native plants from six Southern California habitats.

WHY: Spring is the perfect time to plan a drought-tolerant yard transformation. With the SmartScape program create a sustainable landscape that:

  • Conserves water
  • Captures and manages stormwater
  • Eliminates runoff
  • Reduces maintenance costs
  • Lowers carbon footprint
  • Establishes a habitat for urban wildlife


  • Austin Brown, Coastkeeper Garden manager
  • Marianne Hugo, SmartScape homeowner
  • Orange County residents and businesses


  • SmartScape experts sharing tips, tricks and advice
  • The Garden’s drought-tolerant plants in full bloom

WHERE: Coastkeeper Garden
1560 E Santiago Canyon Rd, Orange 92869

WHEN: Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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