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Six ways to make your garden California-Friendly!

Gorgeous California-Friendly landscapes are easy to maintain and easy on your wallet! We will show you simple steps to create your own colorful, water-saving front yard!

When: Saturday, August 29, 2015 @ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: EVMWD Headquarters, 31315 Chaney Street, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

Space is limited so please RSVP to reserve your spot.

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Outdoor Water Saving- Tips and tricks for more efficient watering outdoors

Indoor Water Saving- Tips and tricks for water conservation inside your home

Rebates- Free Sprinkler Nozzles, Turf Replacement Rebates, Smart Irrigation Controller rebates, Indoor appliance rebates

Temescal Garden Virtual Tour!

With a few simple changes, EVMWD converted our turf laden lawn to a water wise garden and we are seeing the benefits of saving.

See how easy it is to make the switch!

Visit our YouTube Channel for 2 great videos featuring Temescal Gardens: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFb58-QCazd2Hmn8mW07ywg

Temescal Gardens Landscape Design Guidelines

What is a Temescal Garden?

A Temescal Garden is a landscape made up of plants appropriate for our climate here in the Temescal Valley.

Why change to a Temescal Garden?

In EVMWDs service area, landscape irrigation accounts for nearly 70% of residential use. By reducing outdoor irrigation, customers can help EVMWD avoid having to import more expensive water. There are many other benefits to converting your landscape to a Temescal Garden. Not only can you save water, time and money, you can also provide habitat for native wildlife, reduce green waste, and reduce chemical and pesticide use.

No, really, why should I go to the trouble to change to a Temescal Garden?

The following estimates give a rough idea of the possible savings from converting a traditional turf landscape to a Temescal Garden landscape of drought-tolerant plants. These costs are for water only and do not include meter charges or sewer charges. Potential savings are based on EVMWDs 2011 Block 2 outdoor irrigation rate of $2.85 per billing unit (CCF ) and do not include costs associated with exceeding water budgets in Blocks 3, 4, and 5. Homeowners who regularly exceed their water budgets could see even higher savings.

Although these are rough estimates, they show that homeowners can achieve significant water savings by converting their landscape to drought

tolerant plants and that they could also save money in the process.

Water Use and Savings Estimates

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Traditional Yard

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EVMWD developed these designs with local landscape architect Laurie Levine with the goal of providing homeowners with designs that would comply with state and local landscape ordinances. EVMWD also worked with local cities to tailor the designs to local codes with the goal of streamlining the approval process for new residential landscaping. Homeowners using these designs should generally not need to hire a landscape architect or designer. EVMWD is pleased to provide designs that will help customers save water, time, and money and help beautify the community at the same time.

Design Guidelines 1-6

Design 1

Design 2

Design 3

Design 4 Corner Lot

Design 5 Sloped Yard

Design 6 Terraced Yard

Plant Information and Pictures

The Temescal Garden plant list is based on the plants growing at several demonstration gardens in EVMWD's service area. It also includes the advice and experience of local landscape designers, landscape architects and landscapers. The list might change over time depending on the success (or lack thereof!) of the various gardens. EVMWD recommends that customers research plants before planting to minimize the amount of trial and error that you will inevitably experience. The following is the complete plant list along with several sites with additional plant information, pictures and designs.

Complete Temescal Garden Plant List

Inland Empire Garden Friendly Plants

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (huge list of drought tolerant plants)


Las Pilitas Nursery (California natives only)


Tree of Life Nursery (California natives only)


Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation is one of the most efficient ways to water your plants. A drip irrigation system uses very low-flow emitters to apply water slowly and precisely to your plants. Drip systems can range from the very simple to the very complex and there are a variety of ways to build them. Check out our drip irrigation guide to learn the basics.

Drip Irrigation Guide

Sprinklers 101 -- Lots of good information and videos on how to convert to drip irrigation

Temescal Gardens in the Community

EVMWD worked with our local communities to provide several demonstration gardens for public viewing. These gardens show alternatives to thirsty turf grass and showcase a variety of drought-tolerant plants that are both water friendly and wallet friendly!

Temescal Garden Showcase at the Storm Stadium

Before Installation, 2011

City of Lake Elsinore Garden, 2012

Lake Elsinore Showcase Design

City of Canyon Lake Garden, 2012

Canyon Lake Showcase Design

City of Wildomar Garden, 2012

Wildomar Showcase Design

Plant Resources (Books, websites, nurseries)

Online Plant Resources

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (huge list of drought tolerant plants)


Las Pilitas Nursery


Tree of Life Nursery


California Native Plant Society


California Oaks Foundation


Native Plants for a California Garden


San Marcos Growers


Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (online plant brochure)


High Country Gardens


Inland Empire Garden Friendly


IE Garden Friendly Plant List

Books About California Native Plants

Reimagining the California Lawn (Carol Bornstein, David Fross, Bart OBrien

California Native Plants For The Garden (Carol Bornstein, David Fross, Bart OBrien)

Care and Maintenance of Southern California Native Plant Gardens (OBrien, Landis, Mackey)

Complete Garden Guide to the Native Perennials of California (Glenn Keator)

Growing California Native Plants (Marjorie G. Schmidt)

Landscape Plants For Western Regions (Bob Perry)

Landscaping with Native Plants of Southern California George Oxford Miller)

Native Plants for California Gardens (Lee W. Lenz)

Sunset Western Garden Book

WUCOLS-Water Use Classification of Landscape Species, A Guide to the Water Needs of Plants (UC Cooperative Extension)

Other Resources

Laurie Levine, Landscape Architect 951-698-0122

Jean Marsh, Garden Design 951-736-8941

Nurseries Selling Drought Tolerant Plants

W = Wholesale

R = Retail

Greenbelt Growers (W/R)

9820 Dufferin Avenue

Riverside, CA 92503

(951) 688-4091


Paradise Growers (W/R)

7109 Dufferin Ave

Riverside, CA 92504-5402

(951) 789-0386

Las Pilitas (W/R)

8331 Nelson Way

Escondido, CA 92026

(760) 749-5930


Tree of Life (W/R)

33201 Ortega Highway

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

(949) 728-0685


Cagliero Ranch Nursery

2700 W. Devonshire Ave.

Hemet, CA 92545


Cal-Native Plants (W/R)

25735 Garbani Rd.

Menifee, CA 92584

(951) 301-8075


Willow Creek Springs Nursery (W/R)

26521 Hammack Ave.

Perris, CA 92570



Mockingbird Nurseries, Inc (W/R)

1670 Jackson St.

Riverside, CA 92504

(951) 780-357


Louies Nursery (R)

16310 Porter Avenue

Riverside, CA 92504

(951) 780-7841


Theodore Payne Foundation (W/R)

10459 Tuxford Street

Sun Valley, CA 91352-2116

(818) 768-1802


Lowes Lake Elsinore

29335 Central Ave.

Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

(951) 253-6000

Home Depot Lake Elsinore

18282 Collier Avenue

Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

(951) 245-9055

The Living Desert, Palo Verde Garden Center

47-900 Portola Ave.

Palm Desert, CA 92260

(760) 346-5694


Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue

Claremont, CA 91711-3157


Demonstration Gardens

Temescal Garden Showcase at the Storm Stadium

500 Diamond Drive

Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

Temescal Garden Showcase at EVMWD

31315 Chaney St.

Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

Western Municipal Water District

Landscapes Southern California Style

450 E. Alessandro Blvd

Riverside, CA 92518


Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue

Claremont, CA 91711-3157


UC Riverside Botanic Gardens

900 University Avenue

Riverside, CA 92521


The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College

12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West

El Cajon, CA 92019



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