MORONGO BASIN, CA—On Saturday, April 26, from 9 am to 4 pm, over 20 Morongo Basin homes will showcase drought-tolerant landscapes on the 4th Annual Desert-Wise Landscape Tour. This popular, self-guided tour is sponsored by the Morongo Basin Conservation Association and features beautiful home landscapes throughout the Basin communities—Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms.
Program Chair Claudia Sall states, “Water-wise gardening has always been important in the desert, but the current drought makes it even more so. The Desert-Wise Landscape Tour allows you to explore a wide range of practical, low-water landscaping solutions that you can put to use in your own yard.”
Tour participants have the unique opportunity to meet and talk with the experts: the homeowners themselves, whose inspiring personal sanctuaries blend low water consumption with artful desert living. You’ll see an abundance of native, drought-tolerant and water-efficient plants, as well as creative uses of other landscaping elements—from architectural shading and outdoor “rooms” to pathways, sitting areas, rockscapes, found objects, yard art and potted plants.
At selected homes, you’ll also learn about plants that attract songbirds and wildlife; permaculture and sustainable landscaping; greenhouse structures and organic vegetable gardens; and how seasonally adjusted drip irrigation systems can save you money. In addition, some of the featured homes have passive solar architectural elements or solar systems that supply up to 100 percent of their electricity needs.
A $10 per person donation is requested for participating in the Tour. However, there is a $5 discount for current MBCA members and for those who sign up for a package that includes membership and Tour tickets. Advance registration is required. You can register online at http://www.mbconservation.org/water_conservation_garden_high_desert.>LINK
This program is made possible, in part, by generous grants from the Mojave Water Agency, Bighorn District Desert View Water Agency, High Desert Water District and the Mojave Desert Land Trust.
For more information, contact the Morongo Basin Conservation Association, firstname.lastname@example.org , Claudia Sall, Program Chair, 760-365-9366 or Ruth Rieman 760-364-3455.
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