Desert Horticultural Society

Our goal is to promote the use of desert appropriate plants in an attractive, environmentally sustainable landscape.

 "The era of the lawn in the West is over"

Paul Robbins, director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the 
University of Wisconsin, on dwindling water supplies in the Southwest

3:00 PM Tuesday, June 2
The Living Desert, Chase Board Room
47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260

You are invited to a special event sponsored by DHSCV and co-hosted by The Living Desert. We have assembled a panel to give you an opportunity to learn more about how to best manage your garden water needs given the new restrictions.  Bring your questions and join the discussion.

The panel will consist of two desert garden specialists, Kirk Anderson and Paul Ortega.  Also there will be representatives from the Coachella Valley Water District, Desert Water Agency, Indio Water Authority and Mission Springs Water District.  And finally, Jessyca Frederick, of Water Wise Now will be there to answer irrigation questions.  The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please register here.      

Chapter Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 8 - March 2015

Vintage Associates Inc. / DHSCV 2014 Scholarship Winners

At the October 18th 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 fourth 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 $15,000 has been provided over four 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 thrilled to provide the scholarships this year at the Living Desert, our new home for the annual Desert Garden Community Day. Joining our scholarship winners - Michael Brown, Pater Sartor, Rafael Chaidez, Luis Lopez and Jorge Salcido are the Desert Horticulture Society’s President Mary Brent Wehrli, Lisa Middleton, Jeff Place from the College of the Desert and Al Hollinger of Vintage Associates.

Upcoming DHSCV Events

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 3:00 PM • The Living Desert, Chase Board Room - 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Thursday, June 18, 2015 10:00 AM • 10549 Tuxford St., Sun Valley, CA
Saturday, October 17, 2015 9:00 AM • The Living Desert, 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 6:00 PM • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 6:00 PM • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
   Upcoming non-DHSCV Events 

The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

4/25         Ecology and Biology of Joshua Trees 

Cactus and Succulent Society of America
6/14-19   Biennial Convention

Whitewater Preserve
  -  Special Events Schedule
  -  Regular Events Schedule

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 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 home page.

For details go to Deadline is April 27.

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