Clovis festival emphasizes gardening in drought

The Fresno BeeMarch 25, 2014 

Clovis Botanical Garden will present its annual spring festival, emphasizing drought-tolerant plants and gardening in drought.

The fourth edition of the Spring Into Your Garden Festival is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Clovis Botanical Garden, 945 N. Clovis Ave. The garden's mission is to present gardening ideas that use water wisely and plants that are climate appropriate in the central San Joaquin Valley.

The festival will feature six workshops, tours, plant sales, an "ask-the-expert" alley and professional landscape consultations. There also will be food trucks and music by Uncle Ephus Old Time String Band.

Workshops include "Coping With Drought In Your Garden," by Elinor Teague, a master gardener and garden columnist in The Bee, and "Cactus & Succulents: Display, Design & Care," by Ruth Saludes and Madeleine Mitchell, both master gardeners.

"The bottom line is we're not going to get (enough) rain," says Saludes, a board member at Clovis Botanical Garden and member of the Fresno Cactus and Succulent Society. "So it means people will have to make changes. People have to start preparing themselves for different landscaping."

The workshop by Saludes and Mitchell also will feature the new cactus and succulent garden at Clovis Botanical Garden. The 100-feet-by-26-feet garden features a variety of succulent plants, donated by local private collector Herb Thorne, including barrel cactus, a Joshua tree, saguaro cactus, Yellow Bird of Paradise and Beaucarneg Recurvata plants.

Still to come will be plants with color — salvia, manzanita and poppies.

"There are a lot of reasons we need to change our gardening habits — and they're not all bad ones," Saludes says. "It's also just nice having choices."

If you go

Spring Into Your Garden Festival, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Clovis Botanical Garden, 945 N. Clovis Ave., (559) 287-2320.


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