Thursday, June 2, 2011

Free Water-Wise Garden Tour 06-04-11

The following is a public service announcement from the Plano Prairie Garden.

City of Dallas Water Utilities, City of Dallas Stormwater Management, City of Dallas Park & Recreation, Texas AgriLife Extension, Dallas County Master Gardeners and the Town of Addison are teaming up with surrounding cities to demonstrate the beauty of Water-Wise and EarthKind™ gardening with the 17th annual Water-Wise Landscape Tour.

Dallas County Master Gardeners will be conducting free 30 minute talks on Water-Wise gardening every hour on the hour at each of the tour headquarters. Dallas County Master Gardener volunteers will also be assisting homeowners and helping answer questions about the plants and landscapes on the tour. The first 100 visitors at each of the three tour headquarters will receive a free hose nozzle.

For more information, visit or call the Water Conservation Hotline at
(214) 670-3155 Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Maps for the self-driving tour are available at and at all tour

Tour Headquarters
Central: White Rock Pump Station - 2900 White Rock Rd. , Dallas , TX 75214
North: Les Lacs Linear Park - 3901 Beltway Dr. , Addison , TX 75001
South: Lake Cliff Park - E. Colorado Blvd. at N. Zang Blvd. , Dallas , TX 75203

6001 Revere Place
If you go, here are some of my favorites that I visited on past tours that will not disappoint.

#6 - 7124 Pasadena Ave. Click here for the owner's website and photos.

#7 - 9347 Angora St. This is the Blue Lotus Gardens from the Garden Conservancy Tour. Click here for my photos.

#14 - 6001 Revere Place. Pictured above in 2009.

Be sure to check the Save Dallas Water website to view pictures, videos and plant lists of the gardens so you can decide which ones will be most interesting to you. Scroll down on the photo pages for additional photos.

There are gardens at 3 tour headquarters, 5 demonstration gardens, and 22 private gardens on the tour. Too much to see in 6 hours without proper planning.

This is Echinacea sanguinea blooming in my backyard prairie right now and not on the tour.


  1. The tour sounds like a great idea. If this drought goes on much longer we'll need to do some similar educating here in Houston.

  2. Hi HGG. It is a fun tour. It would be interesting to know how many converts come out of the tour. It is ridiculous how much water we waste on our lawns and sidewalks in DFW.
    It is hard for me to equate Houston and drought, but it can happen any where. Too bad we can't just suck some of the moisture out of the air to water our plants.


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