Lemon Lily one of the hard-to-find plants that will be for sale at Hunter’s Nursery ©2010 Orchid Black

The 10th Annual Xeriscape Garden Tour will be held on Saturday, July 14th at Eminger’s Mountain Nursery across from Denny’s. This free tour will feature 6 homes here in Big Bear Valley that offer solutions and alternatives to planting big grass lawns. Have a small yard and need ideas? The Xeriscape Garden Tour is for you.

This year we have added a fun new feature for kids and the young at heart—a scavenger hunt at each home. There will be a photo of a piece of yard art for each home. As you are wandering around the yard see if you can spot the hidden gnome or wind chime. Sign up for the tour anytime between 9 am and noon at Eminger’s where you will receive a tour booklet and map for this self-guided tour. There will be information on hand at the start location as well. You’ll have until 4:00 pm to see all the gardens.

I’ll be at Hunter’s Nursery (FB) as usual, providing information about the many wonderful native plants for sale at Hunters that day.

This is your chance to buy rare and beautiful high-altitude native plants.  Many are hard to find even at native plant sales.  Lemon Lily, Lilium parryi, Rose Sage, Salvia pachyphylla, Rabbit-Ear Penstemon, Penstemon labrosus, and Parish’s Catchfly, Silene parishii are all available at the Hunter’s, with other rare native and  drought-tolerant plants that will grow above 7,000 feet.  Find a full plant list for this year on my Resources page.

The tour is created by the Sierra Club Big Bear Group, and co-sponsored by the Big Bear DWP.    For more information, please call Christie Walker at (909) 866-5006.

Rabbit-Ear Penstemon in Otterstrom Garden, © 2010 Orchid Black