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

October 17, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
The Living Desert, Palm Desert

Drought conditions and water restrictions are changing the way we live in the desert. Learn from experts how to create and maintain a desert-friendly garden and reduce your water requirements at this FREE event sponsored by Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley.

Desert Garden Community Day has something for novice and expert gardeners, including exhibits and information booths from The Living Desert, local water agencies, garden clubs, and local businesses that support desert-friendly gardening. 

Classes and demonstrations include water-wise gardening, garden design, DIY grass removal, irrigation practices, patio and courtyard "small garden" design, proper pruning techniques, growing vegetables in the desert, and much more. 

10th Annual Desert Garden Community Day Class Schedule

Also, don’t miss this opportunity to tour three spectacular Living Desert gardens scheduled during the event, all absolutely free of charge. Tours start at 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM and 12 PM.  

Class sizes are limited, so come early and plan wisely to take advantage of this event.

Chapter Newsletter, October 2015

UCR Master Gardener Program
The Master Gardener program provides 50 hours of instruction in state of the art gardening information with emphasis on gardening in the desert. It is open to individuals who wish to increase their knowledge and horticultural skills -- no previous experience necessary. 

In return, Master Gardeners contribute 50 hours of approved volunteer time to promote best gardening practices in the community. In subsequent years, Master Gardeners get advanced training and visit unique garden and agricultural sites. They continue to provide the community with volunteer activity.

Attend the information session on September 30 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the UCR Palm Desert Center. Classes are taught by experts in their fields and will be held on Wednesdays mornings starting in November 2015 and ending in March 2016. Visit the Master Gardener Website for an application and additional details about this exciting program.

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 Events

Saturday, October 17, 2015 8:30 AM • The Living Desert, 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 6:00 PM • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 7:30 AM • See CVWD website for details
Saturday, November 07, 2015 9:45 AM • Art Smith Trail Head/Corrizo Canyon
Friday, December 04, 2015 7:45 AM • Corona Del Mar/ Newport Beach, CA

*Hard copies of the Fountain Grass flyer are available, which include a Spanish version on the backside.

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