Residents of Menlo Park who want to make their green thumbs a little greener are invited to a series of free classes in April and May to learn how to design landscapes and garden while conserving water.
The classes are co-sponsored by the city of Menlo Park and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency.
In March, the Menlo Park Municipal Water District received an award for having the top water-conserving water district in the state. Over 50 percent of residential water is used on landscaping alone, said city officials.
Those interested in landscape design or in conserving water, or both, can get a step-by-step tutorial on gardening, landscape design and lawn-replacement techniques in a class titled, "Designs in Landscape Architecture."
There will be two classes:
● Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Oak Room of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center. Register online.
● Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Menlo Park Senior Center at 110 Terminal Ave. in Menlo Park. Register online.
A class called "Composting for Healthy Soil and Water Efficiency" will be held Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Oak Room of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center. The course is free, but class size is limited. Register online or call (650) 349-3000 to reserve a spot.
A class on seasonal vegetable gardening will be held Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Oak Room of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center. Attendees should bring gloves and a 6-inch minimum diameter plastic, acrylic or glazed ceramic pot to take home their plantings. Register online or call (650) 349-3000 to reserve a spot.