Since it's inception in 2009, the Water Savvy Garden Tour has educated over 600 residents on how they can make changes in their yards to use water efficiently. The tour typically includes visits to 10-15 sites - including commercial sites, public parks and parkways, and homes - that have installed low-water use plants, efficient irrigation systems, and hardscapes. The tour includes residential landscapes that are winners from CVWD’s annual Water Savvy Landscape Contest.
The Cucamonga Valley Water District (CVWD/District) hosted its Water Savvy Garden Tour on Saturday, April 27, to educate residents about the value and beauty of water savvy landscapes. Participants joined the self-guided tour to learn how they can make changes in their yards to be more water efficient. Over one hundred participants walked away with the knowledge and motivation to transform their water guzzling grass into an attractive, water-saving landscape.
Participants began at CVWD where they were given maps and materials and saw the water district’s demonstration landscapes. They visited over 10 examples of low-water using landscapes throughout the community, including residential landscapes that were previously selected as winners for CVWD’s Landscape Contest.
"The gardens visited were a pleasure to tour and the homeowners were very hospitable and willing to answer questions,” commented a tour participant. “We are excited about moving forward with transforming our yard. Thank you for a wonderful experience.”
Participants visited with featured landscape owners and Master Gardener volunteers to learn straight from the source what plants and design elements work well in our warm climate. By viewing multiple variations of attractive, water saving landscapes, participants are inspired to make improvements in their own landscapes, resulting in water savings while beautifying the community.
Sam Dominick Sharing Water Savvy Expertise with Garden Tour Attendees.
“CVWD would like to thank the featured landscape owners and the Master Gardener volunteers for being our ambassadors and educating the community about landscapes that thrive in our region,” stated CVWD Vice President Luis Cetina. “It is always important to be water efficient, especially outdoors, and the tour provided our pro-active residents the tools they need to do that.”
CVWD’s Garden Tour provides the opportunity to build valuable partnerships with groups such as the Maloof Foundation and the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardeners, who acted as docents at various tour locations. Additionally, featured landscape owners participated at their homes by sharing their experiences with tour participants, so participants could ask questions and learn first-hand about their landscaping successes.
A condensed self-guided tour is available year round, consisting of multiple water efficient landscape within Rancho Cucamonga. View the list of landscapes and addresses.