Garden Sense is a free program open to all Sonoma County residents who want to learn how they can save water in their own garden.

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardeners in Sonoma County have partnered with the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) to develop a new program to address a need in the community for helping homeowners use water more efficiently in their landscapes.

Garden Sense consultants are Sonoma County Master Gardeners who have been trained in lawn removal, water management, irrigation systems, low-water use plants and sustainable gardening practices.

The process of transforming a lawn into a beautiful low-water use landscape can be daunting for many homeowners. Garden Sense consultants educate homeowners on the lawn conversion process, providing information on low water use plant recommendations, lawn sheet mulching and conversion from spray to drip irrigation.

“The Garden Sense program is a great opportunity for SWCA and UCCE to help make a difference in reducing home landscape water usage in Sonoma County” said Paul Vossen, farm advisor with the University of California Cooperative Extension, Sonoma County.

Garden Sense consultants are available to make a home visit to any Sonoma County residence to discuss how a homeowner can easily conserve water by creating a garden that is healthy, environmentally sounds and most of all – beautiful. Contact the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners to schedule a free Garden Sense appointment on their website at or call 565-2608.