As the days get longer, the San Diego County Water Authority and 11 member agencies once again are partnering with several local The Home Depot stores to offer discounts on water-efficient plants ideal for springtime planting. The San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs run from Feb. 20 to May 21 at Home Depot stores from Chula Vista to Oceanside.
The upcoming plant fairs at select The Home Depot locations will feature marked containers of water-wise plants such as lavender, bougainvillea, geranium and rosemary at discounted prices. Industry experts will provide information about water-efficient irrigation supplies and how to select and grow low-water-use plants. Certified nursery consultants from The Home Depot will host how-to workshops, and local retail water agency staff will be available to provide information about water conservation programs and services.
“This is the fifth year we have partnered with San Diego County Water Authority and member agencies to get information about drought tolerant plants to our customers throughout the San Diego area. With drought being such a prevalent issue in the western half of our nation, educating our associates and customers about water conservation is the right thing to do,” said Brian Parker, senior merchant of live goods for The Home Depot. “We look forward to hosting events from Feb. 20 to May 21 at our local stores with our fantastic partners.”
Water Authority member agencies sponsoring the spring plant fairs are Carlsbad Municipal Water District, City of Escondido, City of Oceanside, Olivenhain Municipal Water District, City of Poway, City of San Diego, San Dieguito Water District, Santa Fe Irrigation District, Sweetwater Authority, Vallecitos Water District and Valley Center Municipal Water District.
“This continued collaboration between the Water Authority, its member agencies and The Home Depot has proven a popular approach to helping San Diego area residents beautify their landscapes while simultaneously giving homeowners options that require less water,” said Mark Weston, chair of the Water Authority’s Board of Directors. “El Niño may bring an occasional wet winter, but it’s important to remember that San Diego County has a semi-arid climate. Transforming our landscapes with water-efficient plants is part of a long-term strategy to help us manage our precious water resources.”
For details about plant fairs and other water conservation resources, go to WaterSmartSD.org.