Big Bear Lake, Calif. – The 2016/2017 winter season has seen above average snow and rainfall, compared to years in the recent past. Does this mean the drought is over? Maybe for some parts of California, but not for Big Bear Valley.
Big Bear Valley is unique in many ways including how we tap into our water. Unlike Los Angeles and other Southern California cities, Big Bear Valley gets ALL its water locally via local wells. Nothing is brought in from northern California via the aqueduct. While it’s easy to see signs of recovery in the rising levels of Big Bear Lake, Baker Pond, and even Baldwin Lake, water conservation is not going away anytime soon. The popular Big Bear Valley Xeriscape Garden Tour is a great way to learn about conserving water by creating beautiful drought-tolerant yards and gardens that require only limited water use.
The 15th Annual Big Bear Valley Xeriscape Garden Tour, put on by the Sierra Club Big Bear Group, is the perfect opportunity to get landscaping ideas, discover drought tolerant plants and learn how to save money on your water bill, all while creating a beautiful drought-tolerant garden. As an added bonus, one of the homes will feature a landscape that is both low-water use and fire-wise.
This year’s theme, “Water Conservation… A Big Bear Way of Life,” will focus on Big Bear’s unique water situation and how everyone can do their part to conserve water while still creating beautiful and exciting yards and gardens.
The tour will once again include the DWP’s Xeriscape Demonstration Garden on Fox Farm Road, in front of the Community Garden, with native plant expert Orchid Black on hand to answer questions. In addition, there will be a variety of homeowner gardens, some landscaped by professionals and others by the homeowners. No matter your budget, you’ll find solutions for creating low-maintenance, drought tolerant gardens right here in Big Bear Valley.
So mark your calendars for the 15th annual Xeriscape Garden Tour to take place on Saturday, July 15th. Participants can begin the FREE self-guided tour anytime between 9 am and noon starting at Eminger’s Mountain Nursery, located at 41223 Big Bear Blvd. in Big Bear Lake, across the street from the Denny’s Restaurant. A tour booklet, which includes the locations and directions for the tour stops, and helpful information on Xeriscape gardening in the mountains, will be handed out at the starting location. Once registered, participants will have until 4:00 pm to complete the self-guided driving tour of the homes in Big Bear Valley.
For additional information on the Sierra Club’s Xeriscape Garden Tour contact Lisa Patterson at 909-866-1067. To see pictures of previous tours, go online to: http://bigbeargardentour.weebly.com.