Classes, Articles & News:

2017 Class Presentations and Notes:

Note: The presentations and handouts will be available online for two weeks after a class.

Designs In Landscape Architecture
Sat Mar 4, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Open to the Public
Menlo Park Senior Center [Community Room] - 110 Terminal Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Thank you to all the attendees for your patience in waiting for these class materials to appear. I was seriously wiped out after our class, but

thoroughly enjoyed all your questions and comments!

Class Presentation

Base Plan Checklist

Free Landscape Designs (27 Pages)

Very Low and Low Water Plants

Lawn Alternatives and Sheet Mulching


Sustainable Edible Gardening
Sat Apr 1, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm - Open to the Public
Hayward City Hall [Room 2A] - 777 B Street, Hayward, CA 94541

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Instructor: Sherri Osaka

Format: Lecture/Mini Hands-On

Learn how to reduce water needs for seasonal vegetable gardening by learning how to grow vegetables to harvest all summer long. This class will also cover how to incorporate organic maintenance techniques into seasonal vegetable gardening such as using compost and cover crops. 


Design Your Own Native & Drought Tolerant Garden
Sat Apr 8, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Open to the Public
Sunnyvale Senior Center [Laurel Room] - 550 E. Remington Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

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Instructor: Sherri Osaka

Format: Lecture

You will learn basic design concepts of a drought tolerant garden, how to avoid common mistakes, set goals and budget, and see a sample design come together from start to finish.

Maintaining Native Gardens
Sat Apr 29, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm - Open to the Public
Mitchell Park Community Center [El Palo Alto Room] - 3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303

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Instructor: Sherri Osaka

Format: Lecture/Mini Hands-On

Learn how maintenance of water-conserving landscapes differs from that of traditional landscapes. Lecture topics will include the care and maintenance of native and drought-tolerant plants, soil, and irrigation devices.

Native & Drought Tolerant Plants: Planting Techniques
Sat May 6, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Open to the Public
Guadalupe River Park Visitors Center - 438 Coleman Ave, San Jose, CA 95110

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Instructor: Sherri Osaka

Format: Hands-On

This class will discuss and demonstrate planting techniques associated with water-efficient and low-maintenance native and drought tolerant plants. Learn how and why drought tolerant plants need less water, and how to plant and care for them. Discover the role of soil organisms and organic matter in maintaining plant health and improving your garden’s water-efficiency. 


Older Articles and Presentations:


Peninsula and South Bay garden tour features native plants and water harvesting systems

San Jose Mercury News Article on the Going Native Garden Tour, April 9 and 10, 2016. Sustainable Landscape Designs created the now lawnless Pratt garden that is featured in the pictures.(Although we were not involved in the rainwater harvesting systems.)


Mercury News Article on "Nature's Inspiration Garden" Guadalupe Courtyard Garden

Nature's Inspiration Garden located at the Guadalupe Courtyard Garden site in San Jose was designed by Sustainable Landscape Design and installed in March 2012 by Bayscape Landscape. The gardens showcase native plants, drip irrigation, pervious paving, and recycled materials, and are near the corner of Taylor and Walnut streets and near the rose gardens. See this article on how sustainable landscaping minimizes pesticides and runoff that is harmful to our Bay.

"Goodbye, Lawn" San Jose Mercury News, 31-Jul-2010, SV Life Home+Garden

Willow Glen Resident, April 2005. Mother Earth

The Wave Magazine. Growing Green: Easy steps to an eco-friendly garden

Take Steps toward a Poison-Free, Natural Lawn, September 2009

Mercury News, December 2009. Amidst December Storm, a Lesson in Rainwater Harvesting

The Loma Prietan, September 2002. Conserving Water: Our Most Precious Resource