Posted on: October 12, 2016

New version of popular gardening book now available


The highly popular desert-gardening book, Lush & Efficient, has been revised to include even more information and tips for creating a beautiful desert landscape that preserves and protects our most precious resource: water.

The 160-page book, now called "Lush & Efficient: Desert-Friendly Landscaping in the Coachella Valley," is published and distributed by Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) in partnership with Desert Water Agency (DWA).

The new revised edition will debut at this year's Desert Garden Community Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 at UCR Palm Desert. The 11th annual Desert Garden Community Day, a free program of the Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley and Host Sponsor UCR Palm Desert, will feature experts explaining how to create and maintain a desert garden to reduce outdoor water use. Classes, demonstrations and informational booths feature garden design, plant selection, DIY grass removal, irrigation, mulching, pruning, and much more will be included.

After Oct. 15, Lush & Efficient will be available for purchase online for $10 through CVWD's website,

Lush & Efficient provides alternatives to traditional high-water, high maintenance landscapes. It features nearly 500 color photos, providing a wealth of information on how to create a landscape that is colorful, attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies and also saves water and money.

The book is geared both to the permanent resident who can plan and plant for year-round enjoyment and for the seasonal visitor who may to focus on particular months of the year. It explains how to select and grow more than 340 desert-friendly plants, with practical and beautiful landscape designs.

In addition to the extensive information about plants and landscape designs, the book provides background about water-efficient irrigation, step-by-step planting and highlights the unique challenges of gardening in the desert. It also includes a list of additional resources, including other websites and books to consult, and public gardens to visit for ideas.

The Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of directors. The district provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional storm water protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves approximately 109,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, located primarily in Riverside County, but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.

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