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Register now for June 5 Responsible Landscape Workshop

The Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District and Ruby Sisson Library kick off the summer planting and irrigation season and the summer reading program by co-hosting a Responsible Landscape Workshop on Saturday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Room space is limited, so interested participants should register as soon as possible by calling the library at 264-2209. The cost for the workshop is $5 which includes lunch and materials.

The information-packed workshop will cover topics such as water-wise landscape planning and design, fundamentals of soil preparation, xeriphyllic turf, trees, shrubs and plants, and high altitude food gardening.

The keynote speaker for the event is Jim Knopf.

Knopf holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan, and has authored half a dozen books about water wise landscaping and plants, including “Water Wise Landscaping with Trees, Shrubs & Vines,” “The Xeriscape Flower Gardener: A Water Wise Guide for the Rocky Mountain Region,” and “Guide to Natural Gardening.” He lives in Boulder, Colo., and lectures and teaches classes throughout the West on xeriscape landscaping.

A second speaker at this workshop will be local gardening expert Ron Chacey, who will discuss the art of growing edibles in our fickle mountain climate.

The Responsible Landscape Workshop seeks to empower the participants with the knowledge and motivation to construct a beautiful, functional and sustainable garden space. Whether your passions lay in decorative gardens, edible gardens or a bit of both, this workshop promises insights, ideas and fun.