Garden Tour Saturday July 18th
XERISCAPE to LIFE
Mulvihill Home Garden Mott Home Garden
Christie Walker, Big Bear Lake ___ Bringing Xeriscape to Life is the theme of the 13th
annual Xeriscape Garden Tour to be held on July 18th,
showcasing homes that exemplify the best in water conservation through
employing some or all of the seven Xeriscape principles of planning &
design, limited turf, efficient irrigation, soil improvements, mulching, using
low-water demanding plants and applying appropriate maintenance.
the effects of the drought all around us, state-wide water restrictions in place, and a
heightened awareness of water conservation, it’s more important than ever to limit
the impact of your yard’s water consumption on your total household water
According to the DWP, in the
Big Bear Lake DWP service area, the average water use is 79.88 gallons per-customer-per-day in the peak
summer months (June-Sept). In the peak winter months the average is 45.61
gallons per-customer-per-day (looking at June 2014 through the present). That
does not include business use. This demonstrates that our water use increases
by 75 percent in the summer, the vast majority of this increase is most likely
due to outdoor irrigation.
is in a drought emergency! To address the urgency of the situation and responding to
the governor’s mandate, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted the
“Emergency Regulations for Statewide Urban Water Conservation,” with a
statewide target reduction of 25 percent.
a result of Big Bear Valley’s historic and continued conservation efforts Bear
Valley residents qualified for a 16 percent reduction tier in lieu of 25 percent.
However, since the majority of our water is used on outdoor irrigation during
the summer, very little can be conserved in the winter. To make up for that
deficit we must save more than 16 percent during the hottest and driest part of
the year, underscoring the importance of water conservation through the
application and principles of Xeriscape Gardening.
not just about water conservation! With the drought comes an increase in tree
mortality and parched landscapes that increase fire safety concerns. Xeriscape,
water conservation and firewise practices often work hand-in-hand to deliver
beautiful yards that conserve water AND are firewise.
Xeriscape Garden tour offers tips, advice, and information on how to not only
combat increases in water needs, but how to create defensible space and protect
your trees; melding drought tolerant and fire smart landscapes together.
The 2015 tour is set for Saturday, July 18th and
will feature 5 gardens, two nurseries and the DWP
Demonstration Garden with native plant expert Orchid Black. Participants
can start the FREE tour any time between 9 am and noon at Eminger’s Mountain
Nursery on Big Bear Blvd. in Big Bear Lake, across from Denny’s. Attendees will
have until 4:00 pm to complete the self-guided tour. Tour booklets and
directional signs will help attendees drive from one location to the next.
Sierra Club volunteers will be on hand at each home to guide arrivals and
homeowners will be on hand to point out some of the features at their home. The
start location will have a number of booths with information on composting,
water conservation and native plants.
purpose of the tour is to educate homeowners and increase awareness of the use
of native and drought tolerant plant materials in mountain gardens in a fun and
you to our sponsors
for making this a free tour to the public: Big Bear Fire Department, City of
Big Bear Lake, Big Bear City CSD, DWP, Eminger’s Mountain Nursery, Hunters
Nursery, MDMRA Master Composters, Nativescapes, Stalcup Landscaping, and USAA.
For more information on the tour contact Christie Walker at 909-547-2237.
The Sierra Club
Big Bear Group is a non-profit organization.