Learn How to Plant a Desert Garden at Community Day

Palm Desert event delivers hands-on information

A docent tour of the Eric Johnson Memorial Garden is part of the Desert Garden Community Day Oct. 19 at the Henderson Building in Palm Desert.

Mark Astorga


Creating a beautiful garden is not such an easy task for most desert dwellers.

Where do you begin?

The eighth annual Desert Garden Community Day, set from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 in Palm Desert, breaks down the “How to …” into informative classes designed to deliver information you can put to use immediately.

Start with Ruth Watling, botanist and horticultural design consultant, who will teach Natives for Newcomers: Desert Gardening 101. Some of her pointers will cover:

Agave, sage, or cactus… What works well?
•  Find out the basic foundation for using native plants
•  Find out why it’s important to use native plants
•  Learn about best practice water conservation techniques
•  Learn what native flowers and plants add colorful accents

Desert Garden Community Day, co-sponsored by the Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley (DHSCV) and the City of Palm Desert, will help eager garden enthusiasts succeed.

The Joy of Gardening
The DHSCV has put together a series of special classes for attendees to choose from including:
•  Designing a Desert Garden: Painting with Plants  

•  Proper Pruning: Shrubs, Trees and Grasses
•  DIY Grass Removal 

•  Growing Vegetables in the Desert

Paint with Plants
Chris Hermann, a well-known local landscape architect, will present Designing a Desert Garden: Painting with Plants. Hermann will show how to use native plants to design a desert landscape in celebration of its simplicity and beauty.

The Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Desert campus will also host a variety of opportunities to explore desert gardening.

Get ready to:
•  Grab a complimentary tablet to sketch in the gardens.
•  Take a class in paper making and printing.
•  Take advantage of guided tours of the Eric Johnson Memorial Garden as well as the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden.

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Desert Guide
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Lasers Light Up Fantasy Springs Bowling Center

Turn off the lights at Fantasy Springs Bowling Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, and one of America’s oldest recreational sports literally illuminates a whole new persona - laser bowling.

The Purple Room Audience May Recognize Shelagh Ratner's Voice First

Once she appears Sept. 20 at The Purple Room Restaurant & Stage in Palm Springs, it’s likely audience members will have an “aha!” moment upon hearing Shelagh Ratner’s voice.

Charles Busch Brings His Own Show to Copa Palm Springs

Charles Busch, who has portrayed female characters for most of his theater career, will personify Old Hollywood in his solo desert show debut.

Max Adler Delves into Gay Character Again With 'Saugatuck Cures'

Max Adler, known for his breakout role on 'Glee', has a busy fall in store between three films and two TV shows, but locally he can be seen in 'Saugatuck Cures' during Cinema Diverse Palm Springs.

Europa Restaurant Welcomes World-Traveled Chef Kitt Fraser

Executive Chef Kitt Fraser is excited about creating a new Mediterranean-influenced menu for Europa at Villa Royale in Palm Springs.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions + Contests

2014/15 Best of the Best

2014/15 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

Pets on Parade 2015 Photo Contest

Pets on Parade 2015 Photo Contest

Enter your “Cutest Pet” photo in the Pets on Parade 2015 Photo Contest. Online users will be able to like the Cutest Pet photos from six (6) categories.
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Edit ModuleShow Tags