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FireSafe Landscaping

with CAL Fire’s Ted Mathiesen


With a long and dry season ahead, now is the time to prepare your landscape to be fire safe. Join Ted Mathiesen from CAL Fire at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden on Saturday March 9 from 1 PM to 2 PM as we learn about wildfires in California, creating your “defensible space,” and construction and patio materials that you can use to help slow the spread of wildfire. Get professional advice to make your Central Coast yard lean, clean, and green. Presentation is followed by a free docent-led tour of the Faire Safe Demonstration Garden at 2:15PM.


Suggested donation for the presentation is
$5 for Garden Members / $10 for public.

No pre-registration required. For more information, contact

Ted Mathiesen is a retired wildland firefighter, after 37 years with the Los Padres National Forest. He is currently working as a Defensible Space Inspector with CAL Fire. Ted has also worked as a property inspector for USAA Insurance assessing properties for wildland clearance and fire resistant construction materials. Ted offers the residents of San Luis Obispo County the ability to recognize good defensible space on their property as well as fire resistant construction materials.  He also offers suggestions on how to improve defensible space and what fire resistant construction materials are available.

Earlier Event: February 24
Mushroom Discovery
Later Event: March 22
Zapotec Culture and Weaving