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 9th Annual Desert Garden Community Day!  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information and a list of speakers and classes go here.

  The Chuparosa
  Chapter Newsletter
  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 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.

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

Saturday, October 25, 2014 9:00 AM • Oasis Visitor Center, 74485 National Park Dr, Twentynine Palms, CA
Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:00 AM • Steve Robbins Administration Building, 75-515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Thursday, October 30, 2014 7:00 AM • Meet at CVWD Adminstration Building, 75515 Hovely Lane East, Palm Desert, CA
Saturday, November 01, 2014 10:00 AM • Art Smith Trail Head, Palm Desert
Friday, December 05, 2014 1:00 PM • Riverside, CA
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 6:00 PM • Steve Robbins Administration Building, 75-515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert, CA 92211
   Upcoming non-DHSCV Events 

August 9-10 29th Annual Intercity Show & Sale
@ Los Angeles County Arboretum, 9 AM - 5 PM. 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA.

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