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Annual Desert Garden Community Day

Plant sale
Master Gardeners plant sale at a previous Garden Day event

Garden Day is October 22, 2022

UCR Palm Desert

75080 Frank Sinatra Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92211

Both the event and parking are free!

Our Exciting Lineup of Speakers (Inside)

  • DHSCV Presents: 
    • 9:30am Burrtec will introduce their new composting program
    • 10:30am Planning Your Desert Garden — Paul Ortega and Ignacio Moreno
    • 11:30am Embracing Change in Our Gardens:  The New Perspective — Wendy Proud from Mountain States Wholesale Nursery
    • 12:30pm Wonderful Winter Color by Jacqueline Soule — What to plant instead of annuals!
  • Master Gardeners Presents:
    • 9:30am Citrus with Burt Boss
    • 10:30am Vegetables and Herbs with Barbara Kay-Levin
    • 11:30am Native Plants: Creating Wildlife Habitats with Brad Hardison
    • 12:30pm Roses with Fred Hooper
  • UCR Center for Biodiversity Presents:
    • 9:30am Cooling Heat Islands with Drought Resistant Trees by Janet Hartin, UC ANR
    • 10:30am How do Plants Work? By Lynn Sweet, UCR Center for Conservation Biology
    • 11:30am Rock On / Give Me Shelter by Cameron Barrows, UCR Center for Conservation Biology
    • 12:30pm The Unseen World of Your Desert Garden: Native Insects and Arachnids by Scott Heacox, UCR Center for Conservation Biology
  • Spanish Language:
    • 9:30am Jardinería de Vegetales del Desierto Durante el Invierno by Cesar Lopez Barreras
    • 10:30am Jardinería de Vegetales del Desierto Durante el Invierno by Cesar Lopez Barreras
    • 11:30am Planeando Tu Jardín de Desierto by Ignacio Moreno

The Desert Horticultural Society Pavilion (Outside)

A new feature, we’ll have a big outdoor tent for short lectures and one-on-one time with our speakers available all day to answer questions and give informal talks.

  • Jacqueline Soule will talk about native plants and desert gardening
  • Lisha Astorga from Desert StrawHouse Nursery will talk about why she’s growing natives and how you can, too
  • Students from College of the Desert will answer your irrigation questions, big and small
  • CV Water Counts will give away Lush & Efficient (which Jacqueline helped write!) and reusable water bottles
  • Burrtec will answer questions about the new composting program which started this month in Coachella Valley
  • Clare Piaget & Jessyca Frederick assembled some great references for Common Desert Plants by Water Needs and an irrigation schedule for every type of plant and sprinkler

Plants for Sale!

  • Master Gardeners will have their annual plant sale
  • California Native Plant Society will sell (lots of) plants
  • Two Milkweed non-profits will be selling plants to help those Monarchs

Great Vendors!

  • The Living Desert
  • California Native Plant Society
  • Master Gardeners
  • UCR California Naturalists and Climate Stewards
  • CV Water Counts
  • Burrtec
  • Palm Springs Reptile Appreciation
  • Vermisteria (Vermiculture, using worms to make your garden amazing)
  • Plumeria Society
  • Desert Rose Society
  • Oswit Land Trust & Prescott Preserve
  • Palm Springs Animal Shelter
  • Milkweed for Monarchs
  • And more!!