Who We Are

Formed in the summer of 2005, the Desert Horticultural Society of Coachella Valley (DHSCV), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a group of local professionals and residents from a variety of backgrounds, united in our interest to encourage and promote what many call desert landscaping in the Coachella Valley. The group includes home gardeners, landscape industry professionals, volunteers and staff of The Living Desert, faculty and staff from local area colleges and water districts, and many others who share a love of gardening and concern for water conservation in our beautiful desert.

Goals and Challenges

The Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley has two primary motivations:

Landscapes That Support Local Wildlife

With increased development also comes loss of wildlife habitat. So-called ‘exotic’ landscapes generally require more labor and resources such as fertilizers and pesticides. These can have negative consequences for the plants and animals in our desert ecosystem and we want to minimize their use.

Water Conservation

Growth in the Coachella Valley is not likely to slow down anytime soon. With nearly 80% of the average household’’s water consumption tied to the outdoors, landscape water use reduction will have a lasting impact to our Valley.

Our Outreach Plan

The Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley addresses its challenges through public education and advocacy:

Local Government

We strive to show our local political representatives that there exists a large and ever-growing number of people who share our concerns about water conservation and desert-friendly landscaping.

Desert Beautification

We present our neighbors with attractive alternatives to the traditional “Palm Springs turf,” landscaping through field trips to public and private gardens, educational presentations, and presence at community events.


We share knowledge and gardening tips with each other and the public at our membership meetings and on the message boards at the group’s Web site.

Tax-Deductible Donations

The Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley (DHSCV) is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to DHSCV are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.