Big Bear Lake, CA, July 13, 2012, 8:00am – The Xeriscape Garden Tour will celebrate its 10th year of showcasing homes that exemplify the best in water conservation through Xeriscape landscaping. The tour is set for Saturday, July 14th and will feature 6 to 7 gardens, two nurseries and the Flower Show and Plant Sale at the PAC. Highlights of this year’s tour will include: a FireWise home, which showcases how to be both drought-tolerant and fire safe at the same time; native plant expert Orchid Black at Hunters Nursery answering questions about the benefits of native plants; and a new scavenger hunt component at each home where kids and adults can search for unique, highlighted garden art or features. Participants can start the free tour any time between 9 am and noon at Eminger’s Mountain Nursery on Big Bear Blvd. in Big Bear Lake. Attendees will have until 4:00 pm to complete the self-guided tour. Booklets, a map to the locations and signs will help attendees drive from one location to the next. Sierra Club volunteers are on hand at each home to guide arrivals and point out some of the features at that home. The start location will have a number of booths on hand with information on composting, water conservation and native plants. The purpose of the tour is to educate homeowners and increase awareness of the use of native and drought tolerant plant materials in mountain gardens in a fun and informal setting.

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