07/20/2019 - 9:00am
The 17th Annual Big Bear Valley Xeriscape Garden Tour, created by the Sierra Club Big Bear Group, will be Saturday July 20th. Following this year’s event, the Xeriscape Garden Tour will become a bi-annual event, returning July 17, 2021. Having the tour every other year will insure we have many wonderful gardens to share. So mark your calendar for this year’s tour on the 20th, as there will be no tour in 2020.
This year’s theme, “Keep Calm & Garden On,” encourages you to garden and landscape appropriately despite winter rains. Xeriscape methods are a timeless effort. Whether you live in Big Bear full time or part time, on the lake or amongst the pines, have a yard covered in rocks or on a slope, the Tour is the perfect opportunity to get inspired by beautiful drought-tolerant gardens and find the information and resources it takes to make it happen. The tour will once again include the DWP’s Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, with native plant expert Orchid Black on hand to answer questions, plus a new DWP Demonstration Garden that will make its debut this year. Other popular features include: the Firewise home, the Expo and plant/seed giveaway, and People’s Choice voting.
Participants can begin the FREE self-guided tour anytime between 9 am and noon starting at Eminger’s Mountain Nursery, located at 41223 Big Bear Blvd. in Big Bear Lake, across the street from the Denny’s Restaurant. A tour booklet, which includes the locations and directions for the tour stops, and helpful information on Xeriscape gardening in the mountains, will be handed out at the starting location. Once registered, participants will have until 4:00 pm to complete the self-guided driving tour of the homes in Big Bear Valley.