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

Chapter Newsletter, August/September 2015

UCR Master Gardener Program
The Master Gardener program provides 50 hours of instruction in state of the art gardening information with emphasis on gardening in the desert. It is open to individuals who wish to increase their knowledge and horticultural skills -- no previous experience necessary. 

In return, Master Gardeners contribute 50 hours of approved volunteer time to promote best gardening practices in the community. In subsequent years, Master Gardeners get advanced training and visit unique garden and agricultural sites. They continue to provide the community with volunteer activity.

Attend the information session on September 30 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the UCR Palm Desert Center. Classes are taught by experts in their fields and will be held on Wednesdays mornings starting in November 2015 and ending in March 2016. Visit the Master Gardener Website for an application and additional details about this exciting program.

Vintage Associates Inc. / DHSCV 2014 Scholarship Winners

At the October 18th Desert Garden Community Day we awarded five outstanding College of the Desert students in Environmental Horticulture and Turfgrass Management $4000 in scholarships. This is the fourth year for the Vintage/Desert Horticulture Scholarships. Originally founded by the Vintage Associates -- The Desert's Garden Center -- and now a cooperative effort of Vintage and the Desert Horticulture Society of the Coachella Valley the scholarships are provided to encourage students towards careers in horticulture and landscape. A total of $15,000 has been provided over four years based on academic achievement, community service and need. The Desert Horticulture Society is proud to partner with Greg Gritters of the Vintage Associates and Jeff Place of the College of the Desert.

We were thrilled to provide the scholarships this year at the Living Desert, our new home for the annual Desert Garden Community Day. Joining our scholarship winners - Michael Brown, Pater Sartor, Rafael Chaidez, Luis Lopez and Jorge Salcido are the Desert Horticulture Society’s President Mary Brent Wehrli, Lisa Middleton, Jeff Place from the College of the Desert and Al Hollinger of Vintage Associates.

Upcoming DHSCV Events

Saturday, October 17, 2015 8:30 AM • The Living Desert, 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 6:00 PM • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
Saturday, November 07, 2015 9:45 AM • Art Smith Trail Head/Corrizo Canyon
Friday, December 04, 2015 7:45 AM • Corona Del Mar/ Newport Beach, CA
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 6:00 PM • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 6:00 PM • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
   Upcoming non-DHSCV Events 

Native Plants of the local Mountains
2 week class at College of the Desert: 10/08/15 - 10/22/15
See COD Fall 2015 class schedule for details.

Whitewater Preserve
  -  Special Events Schedule
  -  Regular Events Schedule

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