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Volume 1, Issue 4 - October 2014
Water Conservation Contest - Most Beautiful Yard
The Coachella Valley Regional Water Management Group (CVRWMG) is looking for Coachella Valley residents who have transformed their yards into water-friendly retreats. The candidate should have a yard, big or small, front or back, that showcases beautiful desert plants and materials in lieu of turf.
A beautiful yard will be chosen from each of the valley’s five public water agency service areas. There will also be one overall most beautiful lawn winner.
Eligible yards must:
- Efficiently use water
- Use at least 20% less water than an all-turf lawn of the same size
Each yard recognized will appear on the CVWaterCounts.org website and will also receive a $75 gift card to a home improvement store. The most beautiful yard grand-prize winner will receive a $250 gift card to a home improvement store and will be featured on the the CVWaterCounts.org home page.
Vintage Associates Inc. / DHSCV
2013 Scholarship Winners
At the October 19th Desert Garden Community Day we awarded five outstanding College of the Desert students in Environmental Horticulture and Turfgrass Management $4000 in scholarships. This is the third year for the Vintage/Desert Horticulture Scholarships. Originally founded by the Vintage Associates -- The Desert's Garden Center -- and now a cooperative effort of Vintage and the Desert Horticulture Society of the Coachella Valley the scholarships are provided to encourage students towards careers in horticulture and landscape. A total of $11,000 has been provided over three years based on academic achievement, community service and need. The Desert Horticulture Society is proud to partner with Greg Gritters of the Vintage Associates and Jeff Place of the College of the Desert. We were honored this year to be joined by the Mayor of Palm Desert, Jan Harnick in the presentation of these scholarships to these five wonderful students at the College of the Desert. In the photo above are from left to right:
Lisa Middleton -- Desert Horticultural Society
Michael Brown -- Scholarship winner
Greg Gritters -- President Vintage Associates
Jeyro Reynoso --Scholarship winner
Wilford Mervilus -- Scholarship Winner
Willow Chan -- Scholarship winner
Jeff Place -- COD Professor
ClaudiaYanez-Fetis -- Scholarship winner
Jan Harnick -- Palm Desert Mayor