Big Bear, Ca, July 12, 2011, 12:00pm – The 9th annual Xeriscape Garden Tour will take place this Saturday, July 16th.  Participants can begin the FREE self-guided tour anytime between 9am and noon starting at Eminger’s Mountain Nursery.  Once registered, participants will have until 4:00pm to complete the driving tour of the homes in Big Bear Valley.  A tour booklet, which includes the locations of 8 homes, a map, and helpful information on gardening in the mountains, will be handed out at the starting location.  Experts will be on hand at each of the homes on the tour to explain the ins and outs of creating a beautiful landscape and conserving water at the same time.  Several of the tour sponsors will be on hand at the Eminger’s starting location to answer questions about topics such as composting, tree care and artificial turf.  Drought tolerant plants will be on sale at Eminger’s throughout the day.  Once again the tour will feature a special fire wise home where the homeowner combined defensible space with drought tolerant and native plants.  Attendees will be able to pick up information on which native plants should be planted within 15 feet of the home and which should be planted outside a 15 foot circle.  Native plants will also be on sale mid-way through the tour at Hunter’s Nursery with native plant expert on hand to answer questions.  For additional information contact Christie Walker at 866-5006.

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