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

Join us for the 10th Annual Desert Garden Tour

The 10th Annual Desert Garden Tour will be held Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 12 Noon to 4 PM. This year’s event features five beautiful, water conserving gardens to inspire every desert gardener and landscape enthusiast.

Enjoy self-guided walks through Palm Springs gardens showcasing Mediterranean, tropical, zen modern, and natural desert landscaping. Created by homeowners and design professionals, these gardens offer insight and inspiration that speak to every garden style.

This year’s event begins at 12 Noon, one hour earlier than previous years, allowing additional time to tour the featured gardens. All guests check in and receive tour maps at Wellness Park on the corner of Via Miraleste and Tachevah in Palm Springs.

Online pre-registration will be available in early March via Paypal here. You may also register on-site at Wellness Park the day of the event from 11:30 am to 2 pm. There is no cost for existing DHSCV members. The cost is $15 for non-members and $5 for students (cash only please). Distances between featured gardens requires driving.

To keep up to date on the Garden Tour like us on Facebook at

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

Thursday, April 02, 2015 10:00 AM • Morongo Valley, CA
Sunday, April 12, 2015 12:00 PM • Starts out at Wellness Park (SW corner of Via Miraleste & Tachevah), Palm Springs, CA 92262
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 6:00 PM • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
   Upcoming non-DHSCV Events 

Garden and Floral Arrangers Guild Flower Show
Palms to Pines District Garden Club
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Lawrence Hutton Community Center
660 Colton Ave, Colton, CA 92324

Coachella Valley Water District
3/19   Water Wise Leak Workshop
4/8      Converting Turf to Desert-Friendly Landscaping

The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

3/14-15  Biological Soil Crusts of Joshua Tree National Park

3/21-22   iNaturalist:  Weekend Naturalist Workshop in JTNP

3/27-29   Flora of Joshua Tree National Park

3/29         Wildflower Wanderings

4/11-12   Ecology of Joshua Tree National Park

4/25         Ecology and Biology of Joshua Trees 

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

Friends of the Desert Mountains

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.

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