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Desert Institute of Gardening: When in Drought: Alternative Watering

June 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm MST

In a time when our state faces the worst drought in years, you can still have a thriving garden through using alternative water techniques.

Public Ticket price: $26

Certified Master Gardener & Associate Members: $16

(The workshop fee includes the cost of creating your own Olla during the workshop)

Class ​Description:

Do you have an area in your garden without drip lines, but you want to plant annuals and perennials there? Gardeners can apply ancient and modern techniques, such as ollas, wicking and landscape mounds and depressions to bring water to their gardens and landscapes without using traditional flood or drip irrigation. You will also learn about modern vertical and horizontal porous pipe systems, and curb cutting. During the class, you will make your own olla to take home. The $6 supply fee is reflected in the class cost.

Participants will learn:

  • Identify and define several alternative watering systems.
  • Examine ways that participants can apply alternative watering systems to their landscape.
  • Create their own Olla (auto-watering vessel) to use in their landscape.
  • Understand how to install and use the Olla in their landscape.

Presented by Master Gardener Julie Knapp

Julie Knapp is a Maricopa County Master Gardener, Certified Agriscape Designer, a member of the DIG committee, and a college professor for 30 years. She designed a Native American demonstration garden for Cloud Song, a Native American community center at Scottsdale Community College. She also tested and currently uses each of the systems demonstrated in the class. She writes for many publications, including an article on Ollas for “Green Living Magazine,” and teaches gardening classes throughout the Valley.