Water-Wise Plant Exchange Set for May 8

Local residents can learn how to save water in their gardens and landscapes by taking part in the annual Water-Wise Plant Exchange on May 8 at the Fresno State Horticultural Greenhouses. Water-wise plants will be available for free to residents and home gardeners are encouraged to donate drought-resistant plants, cuttings or seeds from their gardens to support the effort.

With the City’s upcoming transition to residential water metering on the horizon, the public is being encouraged to incorporate more water-wise plants and water-efficient irrigation techniques in landscapes and gardens. The exchange will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 3150 E. Barstow Ave., just east of Chestnut Avenue.

Master Gardeners and others with expertise in native and water-wise plants will be on hand to offer advice for nurturing beautiful yards and gardens that are able to thrive in San Joaquin Valley weather with a minimal amount of water. Free brochures will be available on native plants and other water-wise species’ that thrive in the local climate.

Landscape irrigation represents up to 70% of the water used by a typical household. Much of this water is wasted through inefficient irrigation and water-guzzling plants. For example, households can save 15-25 gallons of water per day by adjusting sprinklers so they don’t water driveways, streets and sidewalks. In addition, water-wise San Joaquin Valley-friendly trees and plants use up to 2/3 less water than other plants.

May is Water Awareness Month and the Water-Wise Plant Exchange underscores the need to conserve this precious natural resource. Partners in the Water Wise Plant Exchange include: the City of Fresno Water Conservation Program, Central Valley Water Awareness Committee, California State University, Fresno’s Horticulture Unit, Fresno County Women’s Chamber of Commerce, University of California Cooperative Extension, Master Gardener Program, California Native Plant Association, Clovis Botanical Gardens, Tree Fresno, Water-wise Landscape Design and International Center for Water Technology at CSUF.

For a list of water-wise plants, water conservation gardening tips and many other ways to save water inside and outside the home visit www.fresnowater.org or call the City of Fresno Water Conservation Program at (559) 621-5480.