Free water and fire-wise landscape workshop scheduled for July 30

Olivenhain Municipal Water District has teamed up with the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection to present a free water and fire-wise landscape education event on July 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The event, at Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District’s Station 2, 16930 Four Gee Road, celebrates the station’s newly completed fire-wise and water-smart garden, which OMWD helped construct. The garden was installed by Blue Skies Landscape Maintenance.

Due to the multiple years of drought conditions California has experienced, the local threat of wildfires this year is high. To help alleviate concerns and increase awareness of home fire protection, a brief presentation from landscape professionals and the fire district’s urban forester will begin at 9:30 a.m. Topics to be discussed include landscape zones and hydration, plant selection and installation, and landscape maintenance, all designed to teach steps that will better prepare properties for fire as well as maximize water-use efficiency.

The mini-workshop will be followed by a tour of the fire station and demonstration garden, and experts will be on hand to address questions or concerns. The demonstration garden is free and open to the public every day.

“Defensible space around your home or business can save lives and property,” said Ed Sprague, president of OMWD’s board of directors, “and it is important that our customers learn and employ workable fire protection goals while also minimizing the amount of water required to do so. We want people to know that there are many drought proof plant options that can help protect your home from wildfires.”