Woodland offers an online tour through Sunday
|This home landscape, labeled Pendegast #1, is among 10 in Woodland featured in the 2022 Water-Wise Landscape Tour, a virtual event available through June 12. (Screenshot)|
Getting too hot to go out, isn't it? But you can visit some inspirational and beautiful water-wise gardens from the comfort (and coolness) of your own desk or mobile screen.
The online event, which runs through Sunday, is presented by the City of Woodland. The 2022 Water-Wise Landscape Tour, organizers note, includes yards "filled with color from beautiful plants well-suited to our Mediterranean climate, including California natives, succulents, low-water grasses and cacti."
The featured 10 yards can be visited individually, or viewers can "binge-view" them all. The tour is viewable through Sunday, June 12. The website, waterwisewoodland.weebly.com , includes featured plant lists and homeowner plant lists for each garden, plus information on how each landscape came together.
Past tours are also linked on the site. A list of common water-wise plants and several helpful garden links are included under the Resources drop-down. I particularly like the list of 25 Recommended Low-Water Bee Plants for the Sacramento Region.
-- Kathy Morrison
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