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Lose The Lawn And Design Other Stuff

Lose The Lawn And Design Other Stuff


Saturday, May 7, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am


Gardens should give more than they take. Turf has a 25:1 net loss in terms of inputs versus outputs. The environment is the big loser in this ratio. In this seminar, instructor Frank Niccoli will discuss ways to make turf more sustainable and ways to replace it with a garden that is not only beautiful but gives more than it takes. He will show you :

• How to sheet mulch so that the soil organisms eat that old lawn instead of removing it.
• How to use boulders and rock in your garden to slow down and use water instead of treating lit like wastewater.
• Which plants that are sustainable and how to use them to build a habit for birds and people.
• Side-by-side comparison of costs to accomplish this.

Come join Frank and those that are concerned about the environment to learn these techniques.

This class will be held indoors at Gamble’s Carriage House. Gamble Garden follows Santa Clara County Public Health Department COVID-19 requirements and guidelines. Masks are strongly recommended indoors but are not required.


$25 Member (use code IRIS) / $30 Non-member.

Gamble Garden members enjoy a $5 discount! Members, enter promo code IRIS to receive your discount. Registration lists are checked with member lists. You may be asked to confirm your membership in a follow up email.

Instructor Bio

Frank Niccoli has been a gardener for over 65 years and has a degree in horticulture as well as business psychology. Teaching as well as writing curriculum at Foothill College since 1999, he is the current program director of their horticulture program.

He has been in leadership positions with many California landscape associations receiving numerous awards and honors, and is in demand as an educator, researcher as well as consultant. The Oprah Winfrey Network selected him as one of the five across the United States whose small acts have a big impact on the sustainable health of the environment.

Frank teaches from the perspective of an environmentally sustainable contractor who had been in the business for 40+ years and with a passion for sustainability and environmental stewardship.