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

9th Annual Desert Garden Tour
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley is hosting our 9th Annual Desert Garden Tour in Palm Springs on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 1- 4 PM. This event is co-sponsored by the City of Palm Springs Office of Sustainability
Find inspiration, creativity and color galore during your self-guided walk through six private Palm Springs gardens that showcase beautiful, low-water landscaped designs. Created by the homeowners and design professionals, these gardens offer a lush variety of palms, succulents, agaves, flowering perennials and shrubs enhanced by water features and novel garden art. Distances require you bike or drive between gardens. 
Online pre-registration via PayPal is recommended to make for a speedier check-in. Pre-registration here. Onsite registration is also available the day of the tour and is cash only.
Registration is open from 12:30 – 2:00 PM at the Wellness Park on the corner of Via Miraleste and Tachevah in Palm Springs.
Tickets are:
   DHSCV Member     Free
   Non-Member         $10  
   Student                 $ 5
New this year!  Please join us to celebrate the 9th Annual Desert Garden Tour at the Desert Garden Tour After Party to mingle with like-minded gardeners in a lovely setting. Peruse plants that you have admired on the tour, chat with the garden owners and horticultural professionals, and enjoy wine, appetizers, and soft beverages.

The After Party will be held at Vintage Nursery in Palm Springs, 4 – 6 PM, $15 online reservations only. Additional information and registration here.

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

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


Upcoming DHSCV Events

Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:00 AM • Huntington Library, San Marino, CA
   Upcoming non-DHSCV Events 

4th Annual Desert-Wise Landscape Tour (High Desert)
Saturday April 26  9 AM – 4 PM

Over 20 Morongo Basin homes will showcase drought-tolerant landscapes. This popular self-guided garden tour features beautiful low water and native plant home landscapes throughout the High Desert’s Morongo Basin communities - Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms. Register today to learn about water conservation in the desert garden while you experience an amazing variety of plants and creative landscape designs in beautiful settings,  The tour takes in a wide range of elevations and micro-climates so you will be sure to find ideas that will work in your own home.   Sponsored by the Morongo Basin Conservation Association.

The tour cost is a $10 donation per person, with a $5 discount for MBCA members and those who sign up for membership along with the Tour.  Advance registration is required.  You can register here or at or in person at locations to be announced in April. The Official Tour Guidebook and Map will be available to registrants online starting 4/14/2014.

The Garden Conservancy's Open Days

Sunday April 27, Pasadena

Inspiration awaits you! The 2014 garden-visiting season is underway. We hope you will join us in exploring hundreds of magnificent spaces not normally open to the public. Click here for our Open Days schedule page.

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