Water Savvy Garden Tour

Be inspired to turn your yard into an efficient, water-saving landscape!

Saturday, April 28, 2018
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Tour History

Each spring, CVWD hosts a Water Savvy Garden Tour (previously Landscape Tour) to educate residents about the beauty and benefits of water saving landscapes. Since it's inception in 2009, the Water Savvy Garden Tour has educated over 600 residents on how they can make changes in their yards to use water efficiently. The tour typically includes visits to 10-15 sites - including commercial sites, public parks and parkways, and homes - that have installed low-water use plants, efficient irrigation systems, and hardscapes. The tour includes residential landscapes that are winners from CVWD’s annual Water Savvy Landscape Contest.

Highlights from the 2016 Tour
CVWD hosted its Water Savvy Garden Tour on Saturday, April 30, 2016, to educate residents about the value and beauty of water savvy landscapes. Participants joined the self-guided tour to learn how to make changes in their yards to be more water efficient. Seventy-five participants walked away with the knowledge and motivation to transform their water guzzling grass into an attractive, water-saving landscape.

Beginning at CVWD, participants picked up maps and materials, and toured the Frontier Project and CVWD demonstration landscapes. They went on to visit over a dozen examples of low-water using landscapes throughout the community, including residential landscapes that were previously selected as winners for CVWD’s Landscape Contest. Participants visited with homeowners and Master Gardener volunteers to learn straight from the source what plants and design elements work well in
our warm climate. The tour concluded at the Maloof Discovery Garden with guided tours of their remarkable demonstration garden along with a vendor fair. 

“I loved the mobile app, the handouts, and giveaways,” commented tour participant Jennifer Duarte. “The creative elements in the gardens have provided lots of inspiration!”    

Surveyed participants expressed that by viewing multiple variations of attractive, water-saving landscapes, they are inspired to make improvements in their own landscapes, which will result in saving water while also beautifying the community.

Homeowner Glen Miller Shares His Water Savvy Expertise with Tour Participants

Homeowner Glen Miller Shares His Water Savvy Expertise with Tour Participants


CVWD’s Garden Tour provides the opportunity to build valuable partnerships with groups such as the Maloof Foundation and the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardeners, who acted as docents at various tour locations. Additionally, featured landscape owners participated at their homes by sharing their experiences with tour participants, so participants could ask questions and learn first-hand about their landscaping successes.

Self-Guided Tour

A condensed self-guided tour is available year round, consisting of multiple water efficient landscape within Rancho Cucamonga. View the list of landscapes and addresses.