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“The Water-Wise Garden Tour” Will Showcase Drought-Tolerant Home Gardens

January 21, 2016 (El Cajon)—The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to its first annual Water-Wise Home Garden Tour.  The tour will highlight a variety of five beautiful gardens utilizing an array of color, variety, and low water usage.  The gardens also emphasize plants from semi-arid regions of the world including Australia, New Zealand, Southwestern U.S. and South Africa.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to purchase succulent cuttings from many of the home tours, as well as other garden/home items such as bird houses, plant pots and garden jewelry, all handmade by local artisans. In addition, attendees can speak with the homeowners about each garden, as well as The Garden’s Director of Horticulture, Clayton Tschudy, about how they can re-design their own landscape using low-water usage plants.

“All of the gardens featured are at the homes of The Water Conservation Garden volunteers, and we are so grateful to them for opening up their gardens to the public in support of The Garden,” said The Water Conservation Garden Interim Executive Director Elyssa Robertson. “One of the gardens being displayed was even recently featured in San Diego Home & Garden Magazine, so attendees should be in for a real treat with the caliber of these lovely gardens!”

The cost to attend is $20 for early registration and $25 at the door, and all proceeds will benefit The Garden’s botanical collection care, exhibit upkeep, and education programs, including the award-winning “Ms. Smarty-Plants™” water conservation education program that reaches more than 63,000 children and adults annually.

WHEN:  Saturday, March 26, 2016, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE:   Five homes throughout El Cajon, La Mesa and Rancho San Diego. Locations will be disclosed the day of the event to ticket holders with addresses and directions to each location. 

COST:   $20 pre-paid; $25 day of the tour. Space is limited, so early registration is highly recommended.

For more information or to register, please visit www.thegarden.org or call 619-660-0614 x.10.

About The Water Conservation Garden;

Opened in 1999, the Garden is dedicated to promoting water conservation in the southern California landscape through excellent exhibits and programs that educate and inspire the public.  The Garden is supported by memberships, donations, grants, and support from Helix Water District, Otay Water District, Sweetwater Authority, City of San Diego and the San Diego County Water Authority.  For more information, please visit www.thegarden.org or call 619-660-0614.

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