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


Learn how to create and maintain a lush, low-water garden at this free event presented by Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley and hosted by UCR Palm Desert. Special guest presenter Johanna Silver joins many desert garden experts who will show participants how to create and maintain a desert-friendly garden and reduce water requirements, responding to Southern California’s ongoing drought conditions and water restrictions. She will talk about her new book, The Bold Dry Garden.

Desert Garden Community Day has something for novice and expert gardeners. This popular event features exhibits, informational booths and workshops on desert plant selection, garden design, proper pruning techniques, and much more, all free of charge.

In addition, a new, revised version of the highly popular desert-gardening book, Lush & Efficient, will debut at Desert Garden Community Day. The book, now called Lush & Efficient: Desert-Friendly Landscaping in the Coachella Valley, is published and distributed by Coachella Valley Water District in partnership with Desert Water Agency.

UCR Palm Desert is located at 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211.

Class sizes are limited, so come early and plan wisely to take advantage of this event. Class schedules, speakers and additional information are available here.

Participating organizations:
  UCR Master Gardeners
  College of the Desert
  Friends of the Desert Mountains
  CV Water Counts:
     -Mission Springs Water District
     -Desert Water Agency
     -Coachella Valley Water District
     -City of Coachella Water
     -Indio Water Authority
  Lush and Efficient
     -Coachella Valley Water District
     -Desert Agency
  Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley
  Riverside County Backyard Composting Program
  California Turtle and Tortoise Club


The Chuparosa

Chapter Newsletter, August/September 2016
Newsletter Special Edition - Mary Brent Wehrli


2015 Vintage Associates/DHSCV Scholarships Awarded at Desert Community Garden Day


Jeff Place, professor of turfgrass management and environmental horticulture at College of the Desert, left, and Al Hollinger, arborist and Vintage Nursery operations manager, right, flank scholarship awardees, from left, Rafael Chaidez, $500; Joseph Borja, $500; Ulices Cisneros-Ramirez, $1,000; Jose Cienfuegos, $500; Luis Alonzo-Lopez, $1,000. Photo by Mark Astorga.







Announcing Death of Society President 

Mary Brent Wehrli, charter member and long time president of the Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley, died Saturday, June 4. Co-founder and president emeritus Paul Ortega will be the acting president until annual elections are held in January. Read more about Mary Brent in a special issue of The Chuparosa newsletter.

DHSCV has set up a scholarship fund to honor Mary Brent. If you would like to contribute please go to the Donate page and note in the comments of the donation that it is for the Mary Brent Wehrli scholarship.

Upcoming Events*

Saturday, October 01, 2016 8:30 AM (PDT) • UCR Palm Desert Auditorium, 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Sunday, October 09, 2016 8:00 AM (PDT) • Big Morongo Canyon Preserve - 11055 East Drive, Morongo Valley, CA
Saturday, October 15, 2016 8:30 AM (PDT) • UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Monday, October 17, 2016 2:00 PM (PDT) • Rancho Mirage Library, 71-100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Monday, October 17, 2016 5:00 PM (PDT) • University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert Center, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 9:00 AM (PDT) • UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211
  *See "Field Trip, Meeting, & Event Schedule" menu option
    for a complete list of upcoming events.




*Hard copies of the Fountain Grass flyer are available, which include English on one side and Spanish on the other.

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