Southside Community Garden hosts succulent giveaway, hands-on workshop
Free succulents for your water-wise garden will be available at Save Our Water Garden Work Day.
Fall is for gardening – and saving water.
Saturday morning, Sept. 17, learn about both at a free gardening event at Southside Community Garden in downtown Sacramento.
Billed as “Save Our Water Garden Work Day,” this hands-on event includes workshops on composting, fall gardening and water conservation. It’s open to the public; no experience necessary.
“Learn how to garden and compost while doing your part to save water,” say the organizers. Resource materials from California’s Save Our Water program will be available as well as lots of practical advice.
Patrons can pick up free succulent plants (while supplies last). Free lunch will be served (also while supply lasts).
Organized by the Sacramento Community Garden Program, the event will run from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Bring work gloves and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes.
Although the event is free, advanced registration is encouraged.
Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/save-our-water-garden-work-day-tickets-410111212677
Southside Community Garden is located in Southside Park at Fifth and W streets, Sacramento.
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