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California Drought Feeds Interest For Water-Wise Landscaping In San Diego

California drought declaration encourages interest in San Diego water-wise landscaping garden.

California's emergency drought declaration is driving up interest in more water-efficient landscaping in San Diego. Cuyamaca College's water conservation garden sold out so far this year.

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City of Thorton water-wise garden

The six-acre garden highlights plants that will thrive in San Diego's climate without requiring buckets full of water.

Education director Elizabeth Ramos said all of the water management classes have had waiting lists so far this year and staff are already booking slots for the next class in March.

"They can see plants in various stages of growth and get an idea of what they might look like in their home landscape," Ramos said. "And we also dispel the myth that water-wise gardening means just cactus. And rocks. People when they tour the garden, they see six acres of plants that thrive in mediterranean climate."

Ramos said the water garden's website is also seeing more traffic with the number of visitors up 10 percent in January.

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