Coming soon – on Saturday, October 26th from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm, it’s the Desert Horticultural Society of Coachella Valley’s 14th Annual Desert Garden Community Day! This free event will be held at UCR Palm Desert, in collaboration with UCR and UC Master Gardeners, and will feature clinics, demonstrations and exhibits.

This year’s theme is ‘Grow Natives.’ Beautiful for you and nature too, they’ll explore the why, where and how to bring them into your yard. Topics will include native plants, transitional garden design, dealing with summer stress in the garden, and much more. The event will also address community questions on everything from desert adapted plants, saving water, and creating space for native wildlife. Come with your questions and take advantage of the knowledge of local experts. Your friends at CV Water Counts will be there, with a number of interesting sessions:

10:15 am – 10:45 am

Ditch Your Lawn, with Katie Barrows of the California Native Plant Society, Riverside – San Bernardino Chapter, and Berlinda Blackburn from Coachella Water Authority (CWA)

11:15 am – 11:45 am

Irrigation Tune-up Clinic with Jason Lucas from Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD)

12:45 am – 1:15 pm

Water Counts Academy – How To Get In and What You’ll Learn, with Ashley Metzger from Desert Water Agency (DWA)

Desert Horticultural Society will also present their scholarship recipients for the year, and the event will feature the UCCE Master Gardener Plant Sale, kids activities, and food!

It’s a fun and informative way to spend a Saturday. Don’t miss it!