The Water Conservation Garden will host an expert forum on Capturing Rainwater: the Barrel and Beyond in Landscape Design, on Sunday, March 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Rainfall is a scarce commodity in San Diego, and our local experts will discuss how to incorporate swales, improved drainage and water collection, storage and distribution systems into a new or existing landscape. The Garden will serve light refreshments and a tour of the rainwater collection features throughout The Garden will follow.


Diane Downey is an experienced landscape consultant, contractor, and designer. She teaches classes on rainwater capture, soil health, the use of native plants, turf removal, and efficient irrigation. She co-hosts the Earth Friendly Homeowner podcast and serves as the chair of San Diego Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Gardens Committee.

Glen Schmidt is a landscape architect. Founder and president of Schmidt Design Group, for over 30 years, he has designed environmentally-friendly private and public places that strive for low impact and water conservation.  Public projects he has worked on include Stone Brewing gardens in Escondido and Liberty Station, the Solana Beach Coastal Rail Trail, Briercrest Park in La Mesa, and the Horton Plaza Park.

Albert Barlow is general manager, owner and operator of Rain Water Systems.  A licensed contractor with landscape and sheet metal licenses, he has been installing all types of gutters and collection systems for 35 years.  He is one of Southern California’s most prolific installers of rain water systems, specializing in fully automated rain-based irrigation systems


$10 non-members; $5 members; students with current ID free.

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