L.A. County Arboretum presents a 'Drought Tolerant Lawn Alternatives' class on Saturday

Turf removal can help you save water, but it doesn't mean you have to surface your landscape with rocks and gravel.

The class "Drought Tolerant Lawn Alternatives" is being held Saturday at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden, where you can learn how landscapes can be dynamic as well as drought tolerant.

Instructors at Crescent Farm — a former stretch of lawn turned into an experimental garden classroom inside the arboretum — will discuss warm and cool season grasses, low-growing ground covers and a variety of dwarf shrubs. They will also teach you how to plant a colorful four-season meadow using California native seeds.

Because this is a hands-on class, participants are asked to bring gloves and drinking water as well as wear close-toed shoes and a hat.

"Drought Tolerant Lawn Alternatives" starts at 10 a.m. at Crescent Farm at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Free with Arboretum admission of $4 to $9. arboretum.org.


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A version of this article appeared in print on March 12, 2016, in the Features section of the Los Angeles Times with the headline "A class on losing the lawn" — Today's paperToday's paper | Subscribe