Volume 1, Issue 5 - November 2014
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.
Water Conservation Contest - Most Beautiful Yard
The Coachella Valley Regional Water Management Group (CVRWMG) is looking for Coachella Valley residents who have transformed their yards into water-friendly retreats. The candidate should have a yard, big or small, front or back, that showcases beautiful desert plants and materials in lieu of turf.
A beautiful yard will be chosen from each of the valley’s five public water agency service areas. There will also be one overall most beautiful lawn winner.
Eligible yards must:
- Efficiently use water
- Use at least 20% less water than an all-turf lawn of the same size
Each yard recognized will appear on the CVWaterCounts.org website and will also receive a $75 gift card to a home improvement store. The most beautiful yard grand-prize winner will receive a $250 gift card to a home improvement store and will be featured on the the CVWaterCounts.org home page.