Visitors of the annual Eco Garden Expo at Los Rios Park in San Juan Capistrano browse through a display of succulents and air plants for sale on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer

Did you know you can make a stylish bird house out of a gourd? Or know how to introduce raised-bed gardening into your back yard? What about raising backyard chickens?

Those were some of the topics that experts shared with attendees at San Juan Capistrano’s 4th annual Eco Garden Expo held May 6-7 at Los Rios Park.

Guest speakers, do-it-yourself workshops, exhibits and vendors offered creative ideas and water-saving tips.

“Gourds can be used for functional purposes like a bird house or a planter, for…