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Club hosting talk on water-wise gardening

Mediterranean climate plants expert to speak next Thursday

California's drought may officially be over, but most homeowners know it is essential to continue conserving water, particularly on landscaping. One way to do this is to use plants suited to a Mediterranean climate, per the Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club.

To this end, the club will host an expert on that topic at its meeting next Thursday: Jeff Rosendale, owner of Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens in Watsonville, who grows and sells native and Mediterranean climate plants.

Rosendale has more than 20 years of experience designing and consulting on water-wise gardening and lawn-to-plant conversions. His business includes two acres of demonstration gardens, where visitors can see how plants from Australia, South Africa and Chile -- as well as California -- can be combined with mounds of soil, boulders, drip irrigation and mulch to achieve attractive landscaping that can reduce water usage by up to 90%, compared to typical lawn areas.

The garden club meets the second Thursday of each month, September through May, in the multi-purpose room of Alisal Elementary School, 1454 Santa Rita Road. Meetings start at 7 p.m., and visitors are welcome.

Club members will sell plants from their own gardens at their annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 7 in the Amador Valley High parking lot.

For more information on the club, visit www.lavgc.org.

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