UCCE Orange County Master Gardeners
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UCCE Orange County Master Gardeners

Low Water Landscapes and Do It Yourself Irrigation

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If you think conserving water means that you have a barren landscape, think again. But just because you have a drought tolerant garden, doesn’t mean that you never have to water. Learn how you can have a beautiful water wise landscape by managing water and gardening smartly.  You will learn about the current water situation, ways to ‘create’ water, water saving landscaping techniques, proper plants for our climate, best irrigation practices and the “how to” of using irrigation devices.

Tom Farrell

Tom Farrell has been a University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener since 1999 and has been gardening for 45 years.   While his earlier memories of gardening include helping his mother in their greenhouse where they grew orchids, it was when Tom became a new homeowner that his gardening interests and skills flourished.   He started out by just doing, then learned more and accumulated experience that helped to expand and grow his skills.  

Tom received a Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture from Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.  His gardening areas of interest/knowledge are fruit trees, vegetables and garden design.  And if you ask Tom what he likes best about gardening he will tell you:  peace.  

As a UCCE Master Gardener, Tom participates in the demonstration gardens at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, volunteers at the South Coast Research and Extension Center (SCREC) in Irvine.  He is a member of the Speakers Bureau and a charter member of the UCCE Toastmasters.   A native of Chicago, Tom is retired and enjoys the opportunity to garden year round in Southern California.

Nick Mrvos   

Nick Mrvos is the Senior Water Efficiency Specialist for Irvine Ranch Water District (‘IRWD’) and is responsible for the 6500+ landscape irrigation meters that serve the IRWD service area. He works with most of the major landscape and maintenance companies as well as the City of Irvine, UCI, property managers and Homeowners Associations to help with water efficiency strategies and tactics. IRWD has some of the lowest cost water in Orange County but as with any utility cost even small steps can mean big savings for the customers. Nick has knowledge of all the rebate opportunities available to residential and commercial landscape customers including the Free Sprinkler Nozzle program, Turf Removal program, Rotary Nozzle rebates, and SmarTimer rebates.

Nick has been in the landscape/irrigation field for almost 20 years. He attended Cal Poly, Pomona and is a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor and a Certified Landscape Water Manager.  He is a member of the Irrigation Association and the California Urban Water Conservation Council.  Nick is a Master Gardener for the County of Orange.

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