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Events feature discounts on low-water-use plants, information from gardening experts

February 21, 2012 (San Diego County) -- San Diego County residents interested in making their yards and gardens more attractive and water efficient will have an opportunity to get information from gardening experts and save up to 50 percent on select varieties of low-water-use plants at San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs this spring at select The Home Depot locations.
The plant fairs will take place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at different Home Depot locations around the county between February 25 and May 5. Each plant fair will feature discounts on more than 20 types of plants pre-selected by a panel of experts as water-efficient for the San Diego region. 
In addition, landscape industry experts will be at the fairs to provide customers with information on water-efficient irrigation supplies and how to select and plant low-water-use plants.The Home Depot certified nursery consultants will host informative how-to workshops, and local retail water agency staff also will be on hand to provide customers with information on water conservation programs and services. 
“This is a great partnership between the San Diego County Water Authority, our local retail member agencies, and The Home Depot to generate more awareness and encourage more use of water-efficient landscapes in our region,” Water Authority Board Chair Michael T. Hogan said. “Efficient water use needs to be a permanent part of our way of life, because we rely heavily on imported water supplies that are vulnerable to drought or other challenges.”
The scheduled dates and locations for San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs this spring are:
  • February 25
  • Lemon Grove Home Depot
  • 7530 Broadway, Lemon Grove
  • March 3
  • Otay Mesa Home Depot
  • 950 Dennery Road, San Diego
  • March 10
  • Encinitas Home Depot
  • 1001 El Camino Real, Encinitas
  • March 17
  • San Marcos Home Depot
  • 550 San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos
  • March 17
  • Mira Mesa Home Depot
  • 10604 Westview Parkway, San Diego
  • March 24
  • El Cajon Home Depot
  • 298 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon
  • April 14
  • Chula Vista Home Depot
  • 725 Plaza Court, Chula Vista
  • April 21
  • Escondido Home Depot
  • 1550 W. Valley Parkway, Escondido
  • April 21
  • Carmel Mountain Home Depot
  • 12185 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego
  • May 5
  • Fairmount Home Depot
  • 5920 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego

Partnering with the region’s water agencies to help San Diego County residents and businesses adopt more sustainable landscaping practices that make better use of our limited water supplies is a natural fit for our business,” Brian Parker, Live Goods Merchant for The Home Depot, said.  “We encourage our customers to become environmentally conscious shoppers, and by adjusting our live goods product mix to meet the needs of this specific community. We hope they take advantage of these great resources offered through this dynamic partnership with the San Diego County Water Authority and its member agencies.”

Water agencies hosting or participating in the San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs include the Water Authority, city of Carlsbad, city of Escondido, Helix Water District, Olivenhain Municipal Water District, Otay Water District, Rainbow Municipal Water District, Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District, city of San Diego, San Dieguito Water District, Vallecitos Water District and Valley Center Municipal Water District.
For more details on the plant fairs and links to additional water-saving resources such as the Water Authority’s free “A Homeowner’s Guide to a WaterSmart Landscape,” visit www.watersmartsd.org.


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