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Smart Gardening - Residential
Free Workshops for L.A. County Residents
Smart Gardening is an easy way to get a really great looking yard while using less water, energy and wasting fewer resources. You save yourself time and money while doing something that helps keep Commerce a nicer place to live and work. Residential yard waste adds to our landfills and diminishes their capacity. However, yard trimmings are valuable resources to compost and nurture our own backyards.

When you practice the techniques of Smart Gardening, you will conserve water and energy, save time and money, improve your yard and garden, recycle yard waste and kitchen scraps, reduce waste going to our landfills, and help preserve the environment. These simple practices do not take much time, and help you develop healthy and beautiful lawns and gardens to enjoy.

To learn about backyard composting, worm composting, grass recycling, water-wise gardening and fire-wise gardening, you can visit one of Los Angeles County's 11 Smart Gardening Learning Centers located throughout the County. To find the center nearest you, click on this
Map. To find out when the next free Smart Gardening workshop will be, just click on Workshops.

We encourage residents to attend a free Smart Gardening workshop. No reservation needed. Learn to improve your lawn and garden and reduce waste. Workshops are about 1.5 hours, held at our Learning Centers and at local events such as the Long Beach Home Show and County Fair. The Program also works with cities to provide workshops at community centers, libraries, parks, or schools. Beginning Workshops introduce you to smart gardening. Advanced Workshops are for those that love to garden. For more information visit Workshops.To learn more about what is discussed in the workshops, visit our
instruction videos.


The Garden Spot
The Garden Spot is made available by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.  Their website offers free resources on saving money through efficient gardening and landscaping. 

Get started with:

  • A short list of native plants,
  • Beginning tips,
  • Design templates,
  • Guides,
  • Videos,
  • Classes and so much more.


See a list of local nurseries where you can purchase plants native to California; a smaller selection of California native plants may also be available at your local home improvement store.

See Cal Water Service's Conservation Tips.

Learn how to build a native garden.

See a list of California-Friendly Plants.