Do you know what to do if you’re denied the use of irrigation for the properties you’re designing landscapes for? Do you have the knowledge and skills to triage an existing landscape when water is restricted or denied?
In the 21st century, we’ve been in drought 76% of the time. So you could say California is trending hotter and drier. In late 2021, before the first atmospheric river flowed through and dumped its liquid refreshment mostly on the northern portion of our parched state, communities were losing their access to irrigation.
The Town of Healdsburg denied use of irrigation back in June of 2021. Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) is prohibiting irrigation from December 1, 2021 through the end of May 2022. In Humboldt, the main water source was almost completely dry last fall. In the Central Valley, wells were running dry, and the land is subsiding radically from overdraft of groundwater. And Southern California water districts may be facing a 0% allocation of water from the State Water Project for 2022.
With the prevalence of drought, increasing population, and impending statewide restrictions and water budgets, you absolutely need to add new knowledge and skills to your tool set. Lori Palmquist, Dave Phelps, and Sarah Sutton have created courses that will show you that it’s possible to design for little or no available water. Dry landscaping doesn’t have to mean gravel and cactus.
Taking these courses will help you future-proof your landscapes and your business. Dave, Sarah, and Lori will point you to the plants, land-shaping strategies, alternative water sources, and temporary irrigation setups that will yield beautiful, natural gardens that will make your heart sing.