Free Program Offers Water-Wise Lawn Alternatives


Homeowners tired of thirsty lawns can learn about attractive, natural California turf alternatives that take less maintenance and save water and money from award-winning horticulturist Frank Niccoli on Wednesday, May 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road.

The free program, “Lawn Be Gone: Attractive Turf Alternatives,” is presented by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame and is cosponsored by the City of Burlingame and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency.

Niccoli is an award-winning gardener who has won gold medals at the prestigious San Francisco Flower and Garden Show and has been honored on the Oprah Winfrey Network as a person making a difference in the environmental health of the planet.

He has been a gardener 63 years, ever since his grandmother taught him the magic of seeds at age 7. He was a landscape contractor for 41 years. He serves on the board of directors of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, and is a past president and current director of the California Landscape Contractors Association. He teaches numerous classes at Foothill College and Merritt College.

This program is the third of six free “Green Programs on Hot Topics” presented by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame (CEC) this year. CEC provides leadership in local green efforts and serves as an educational resource for residents, businesses and institutions. Other free CEC programs are listed at For more information, visit or email [email protected].