The Idea Gallery Real People, Real Savings

Fresno, CA Jody Palmer

I love my garden because... ...it is full of beauty and surprises. It is predominantly old roses, salvias, and ornamental grasses which blend well together. There's the play of light and shadow as the sun moves through the day. The colors and color combinations change through the seasons. It's fairly low maintenance except for January when everything needs to be cut back!

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Carmichael, CA Samrrah Raouf

Saving water is important because…. ..in California we only get water falling in the winter. We depend on snow melt to keep our rivers flowing and those rivers have to provide for household water needs, agriculture and nature. Let’s just use what we need.

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Anaheim, CA Kristan Ulicki

Saving water is important because... ...we all need it, but carelessly using it affects us all, especially in California. Learning new ways to conserve it, whether inside or outside the house, in creative and inspiring ways, will benefit our state, while beautifying it using plants that are drought-resistant, and inspire our neighbors to get involved in conserving water, because it is important.

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San Marcos, CA Yaz & Richard Manley

Yaz’s thoughts on gardening: “A sprawling green lawn in California was a bad idea that never should have blossomed. If we could collectively simply adjust our attitudes we would find surprisingly more beautiful and sustainable solutions for our future.

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Rancho Mirage, CA Margaret Palmer

Margaret’s favorite gardening quote: "For the garden is the only place there is, but you will not find it. Until you have looked for it everywhere and found nowhere that is not a desert." W.H.Auden, "For the Time Being."

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Fresno, CA John Baziuk

Why save water? It just makes sense that you can have a beautiful garden and be able to save on water usage with proper planning. We all need to understand the importance of water and how it benefits everyone.

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Palm Desert, CA Dee Peden

Saving water is important because... ...it is a limited resource. When you live in a desert environment, like we do, it is even more important to use every drop wisely. In our 960-home community, we are doing our part by switching from water-hungry grass to beautiful, water-wise plants and flowers.

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Sacramento, CA Roberta Walker

Ways Roberta likes to save water: “Re-arrange the drain that takes your gutter water and other landscape water to the street. Instead of going all the way to the curb, stop it midway in the yard. That way the water will permeate the soil and make an overall better environment for your plants.”

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Pleasanton, CA Kathryn McClelland

Favorite place to buy native/low-water plants: The annual sale at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden at Tilden Park (Berkeley), Annie's Annuals in Richmond and Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore.

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