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

11th Annual Desert Garden Tour

The 11th Annual Desert Garden Tour will be held Sunday, April 3, 2016 from 12 Noon to 4 PM. Presented by The Desert Horticultural Society of Coachella Valley, this year’s event features desert-friendly, water conserving gardens of all sizes, from small patios to HOA conversions.

Enjoy self-guided walks through Palm Springs gardens showcasing a variety of landscapes and gardens both large and small. Created by homeowners and design professionals, these gardens offer insight and inspiration that speak to every garden landscape.

“This year we’re focusing on landscapes and gardens in large and small environments,” says Lisha Astorga, DHSCV Events Coordinator. “Some of us have large garden spaces, while others have small, patio size or even balcony gardens. But no matter the size, you can take ideas from these gardens that will add color and beauty and conserve water, too.”

This year’s event begins at 12 Noon, allowing guests up to four hours to tour the featured gardens. All guests check in and receive tour maps at Wellness Park on the corner of Via Miraleste and Tachevah in Palm Springs.

Pre-registration will be available online starting February 15 via Paypal hereGuests may also register on-site from 12 Noon to 2 PM at Wellness Park the day of the event. There is no cost for current DHSCV members. Admission is $15 for non-members and $5 for students (No checks or credit cards can be accepted. Cash only please).

The Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley was founded in 2005 to promote the use of desert appropriate plants that support local wildlife and conserve water. DHSCV members include home gardeners, landscape 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 conservation in our beautiful desert. Each year, DHSCV supports community programs including desert landscape conversions and scholarships for Coachella Valley horticulture students.

DHSCV members who would like to volunteer to help with the garden tour should email

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Chapter Newsletter, April 2016

2015 Vintage Associates/DHSCV Scholarships Awarded at Desert Community Garden Day

Jeff Place, professor of turfgrass management and environmental horticulture at College of the Desert, left, and Al Hollinger, arborist and Vintage Nursery operations manager, right, flank scholarship awardees, from left, Rafael Chaidez, $500; Joseph Borja, $500; Ulices Cisneros-Ramirez, $1,000; Jose Cienfuegos, $500; Luis Alonzo-Lopez, $1,000. Photo by Mark Astorga.

Upcoming Events*

Saturday, July 02, 2016 (PDT) • Huntington Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA
Saturday, August 13, 2016 9:00 AM (PDT) • LA County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin, Arcadia, CA
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6:00 PM (PDT) • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
  *See "Field Trip, Meeting, & Event Schedule" menu option
    for a complete list of upcoming events.

*Hard copies of the Fountain Grass flyer are available, which include English on one side and Spanish on the other.

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