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Flower Power this Weekend

Thank you all for attending our 13th Annual Desert Garden Tour sponsored by the Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley, we had an amazing day of flower power, frivolity and friendship! We are already looking forward to next year.

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Aloe is full bloom at Sagewood, photo by Mario Peixoto

If you are looking for another flower packed weekend here are my picks for you.

Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24 is the Succulent Celebration at Waterwise Botanicals in Bonsall. We’ll be there Friday to enjoy it with our friends!!

Tom Jesch is giving his great talk “So Pretty, it Hurts” on Opuntia Hybrids. This talk was very popular at our 12th Annual Desert Community Garden Day.

There are lots of other talks and workshops, full schedule is here.

Waterwise Botanicals, 32151 Old Why 395, Bonsall CA from 8 am to 4 pm

succulent celebration

Saturday, March 24 from 12:30 to 4:30 pm is The Joy of Gardening with Desert Native Plants by Robin Kobaly.

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Noted local expert Robin Kobaly, M.S. Biology of the Power of Plants speaks at the Plant Yoda’s Den, Morongo Valley.

In this engaging workshop, you will learn how to plant, irrigate, and care for a native plant garden, as well as being introduced to some of the most beautiful native plants now available in nurseries. In the classroom, we will explore why native plants are the perfect choice for southwest homes, how to recognize a desert-friendly drought-adapted plant, and why their adaptations are so important for a sustainable, enjoyable, and low-maintenance landscape.

We will present with graphics and with live samples the great diversity of beautiful plants native to our area that can fulfill all your landscaping needs. When we move outside to the half-acre demonstration garden, you will see over one hundred examples of mature desert native plants in an inviting home landscape setting, and view first-hand the many benefits of native plant gardening.

Robin Kobaly is a great friend to Desert Horticultural Society of the CV and one of the most popular speakers at our annual Desert Community Garden Day.

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Full details and registration for this fun and engaging afternoon here. 

Sunday, March 25 from 1pm to 3 pm is the Butterfly Block Party sponsored by the Desert Water Agency (DWA).

Come see the new Butterfly garden at DWA, 1200 S Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, enjoy free activities and say hello to Ashley Metzger, Conversation and Outreach Manager at Desert Water Agency one of Desert Horticultural Society’s active sponsors. We love their participation in our programs.

Butterfly block party (2)

Desert Water Agency embraces community outreach and education and with their partner water agencies provides lots of value to our local community.

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DWA at the 13th Annual Desert Garden Tour, photo by Mario Peixoto.

You may be lucky Sunday if they are still giving away the Lush and Efficient landscape book. See their giveaway on Facebook at Desert Water Agency or Desert Horticultural Society.


Times and directions here.

Also on Sunday

Sunday, March 25 is Water Education Day in Joshua Tree sponsored by the Joshua Basin Water District. Bring the Family! From 1pm to 4pm, 61750 Chollita Road, Joshua Tree

Because Water IS Everything!  What would we do without it?

The highlight of this annual event is the spring Minerva Hoyt plant sale of locally harvested seeds grown into native seedlings grown by the Joshua Tree National Park Nursery. Plants are $9 each or 3 for $25.


Enjoy your weekend full of desert bloom!!

––Tracy Merrigan, Fan of Flower Power and President, Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

We welcome new members and looks for more exciting field trips and programs to come.

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