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This is your source for information about classes, workshops, and exhibits that EBMUD is offering directly or in partnership with others. EBMUD believes in helping people learn ways to conserve water, so conservation topics are typically highlighted. Please check back often for the latest information. 





Ruth Bancroft Garden Lecture Series

This exciting set of author events, seminars, and workshops highlights topics including growing vegetables, herbs, and cutting flowers; choosing colors for your garden that work together; and creating stunning succulent gardens and great plant combinations using water-wise plants. Learn more about water-wise and sustainable gardening in the Bay Area.

For more information or to register, please visit the Ruth Bancroft Garden website.

Host a sheet mulch party in your own neighboorhood makes it easy through their Lose Your Lawn, Gain a Garden program. Included: a sheet mulch kit, free consult, and a sign for your yard that reads: "We Turned Our Yard into a Garden with Sheet Mulch."

Graywater Workshop

Hosted by EBMUD in partnership with Graywater Action. What is graywater?

Laundry to Landscape Graywater - Installing a Simple and Affordable System

This is a step-by-step, hands-on workshop. "Laundry to landscape" systems are simple, affordable, and easy to maintain. Irrigate your landscape each time you do laundry and save water, time, and resources. You'll learn:

  • How to tailor a system for your home and landscape
  • How to build a system - you'll create a "mock-up" of a real system using real graywater parts
  • What parts you'll need for your home
  • How much graywater you produce and how many plants you can water
  • What soaps and detergents are "graywater friendly"
Date Wednesday, September 10

EBMUD Administration Building Training Room
375 11th St., 2nd Floor
Oakland (one block from 12th St. BART)

Time 6-8pm
Cost Free, but pre-registration required. Register - This workshop is full. Go to Graywater Action for information on more workshops in the Bay Area.
Bring: Photographs of your laundry room and landscape. Site plan of your yard.

Lose Your Lawn Demonstration Event - Bay Friendly Coalition

Learn how to convert your existing lawn to a beautiful, yet low water landscape. This is an open house event. There will be stations demonstrating sheet mulching, irrigation conversion and planting lectures.

Date Saturday, September 13

2671 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon

Time 10am - 2pm
Cost No cost - More information

Mow No Mo' - Lawn Conversion Workshops

In this series of hands-on workshops you’ll learn how to remove your lawn, select native plants, and design a beautiful, water-conserving, pesticide-free garden that attracts wildlife.

The following is an EBMUD-sponsored workshop led by Kelly Marshall of Kelly Marshall Garden Design, and Kathy Kramer, Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour Coordinator. On location at the home of an EBMUD customer participating in the lawn conversion rebate program.

Date Sunday, October 5
Location On-site at a home in Lafayette
Time 10am - 3pm
Cost $30 - Register here

Native Gardens for Drought-Challenged California

A symposium organized by Friends of the Regional Parks on creating beauty in a harsh drought.  


Saturday, September 20

Sunday, September 21


Merritt College (Sat)

Regional Parks Botanical Garden (Sun)


8:30am - 4pm (Sat)

9am - 12pm (Sun)

Cost $50 (Sat); $30 (Sun)
More information Register here.

Drip Irrigation 2014 for Landscape Designers - SAVE THE DATE!

Up your game in a drier California. Drip experts will teach you garden design that will not only survive the drought, but thrive. Outdoor demonstrations at Heather Farms' beautiful gardens are included. Workshop co-sponsored by EBMUD, Contra Costa Water District, and Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

Date Wednesday, September 24
Location Gardens at Heather Farm, Walnut Creek
Time 8am - 4pm

$45-$95 before 9/17

$65-$115 after 9/17

Register here


Business Forums

Contract Equity Program Business Forums are an opportunity for business owners to learn how to do business with East Bay Municipal Utility District, meet EBMUD staff, and network with other business owners.

Art Exhibition

EBMUD hosts a rotating art exhibition in its Administration Building lobby in downtown Oakland. The shows are free and open to the public. Click for visiting hours, the current artist, and a sample of the work on display.