Big Bear, Ca, April 20, 2011, 12:00pm –  This Friday, April 22ndis Earth Day, and this week is the state’s first California Native Plant Week. To celebrate the Department of Water (DWP) will be giving away information and water conservation goodies at two local nurseries.  DWP staff will be at Hunters Nursery on Fox Farm Road Friday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. then at Emingers Nursery on Big Bear Boulevard from noon to 3 p.m. Staff will be distributing information on native and drought tolerant plants suitable for mountain landscaping. Posted signs will identify ideal native plants for all garden situations. Planting native and drought tolerant species saves large amounts of water, especially in the summertime.  There will be free coloring books and stickers for children, and adults can set up appointments for free water audits in their home and yards.  California Native Plant Week (CNPW) is a week dedicated to the appreciation, education and conservation of California’s fabulous native flora.

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