Big Bear Valley, July 20, 2010, 12:07pm – The Sierra Club hosts the 8th annual Xeriscape Garden Tour this Saturday, July 24th featuring seven homes where the owners have created beautiful landscaped gardens that highlight drought-tolerant and native plants.  Unique to the tour this year, one home will be showcased where the homeowner has combined defensible space with xeriscape landscaping to create a garden that is both water and fire wise.  At this home, attendees can enter a drawing towards $1000 in gift certificates to our local nurseries; learn about creating defensible space and talk to fire prevention experts from the Big Bear City Fire Department.  The free, self-guided tour begins at Eminger’s Mountain Nursery at 41223 Big Bear Boulevard where participants can stop by anytime between 9am and noon to pick up a tour booklet.  The tour continues until 4pm.  One of the stops will take you to Hunter’s Nursery on Fox Farm Road where a native plant expert can provide detailed information on Big Bear native plants.  The City of Big Bear Lake, the DWP, BBARWA, Big Bear City Fire, Big Bear Marina, Big Bear City CSD, Hunter’s Nursery, Eminger’s Nursery, Master Composters, TSL Landscape and Maintenance, Nativescapes, Stalcup Landscaping and USAA sponsor the event