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We at MBCA are big believers in the idea that conservation begins at home. Every year we sponsor a highly-popular landscape tour to encourage locals to consider wildlife- and water-friendly gardens. 

Part of successful desert-wise living is knowing what constitutes desert-wise. These values include landscaping that keeps in mind water and energy conservation, off-the-grid living, native and/or drought-tolerant plantings, and permaculture ideals.

  • Some of our favorite native plants are featured in our Plant Spotlight, and on our Plant Spotlight page. 

  • Finding native or drought-tolerant plants can be challenging, but you've got to know where to look. Here is a listing of nurseries sourcing such plants. Note also that the Joshua Basin Water District has a native plant sale in the spring, as does the Mojave Desert Land Trust, in the spring and fall. 

  • One way to learn about desert-wise plants in the landscape throughout the microclimates and elevations of the Morongo Basin is to participate in our Desert-Wise Living Landscaping Tour, usually held in April. The tours for 2020 and 2021 are virtual due to COVID-19, so you can watch and learn in the comfort of your own home. 

  • Find landscaping and irrigation plans, plant lists and more on our Resources page

  • Tour public demonstration gardens at the Joshua Basin Water District and other locales.

  • Only grow the plants you want and avoid invasive plants.
  • Featured post

    Plant Spotlight: Texas Ranger

    Posted by · September 01, 2021 12:00 AM
    Texas Rangers are a welcome respite during the dog days of summer. Referred to as barometer plants, Rangers blooms occur with high humidity and rain. When this happens, the plants are covered with purple or magenta flowers.
    tx ranger
    Photos by Stacy Doolittle
    A native of the Chihuahuan Desert and other locales in Texas, Leucophyllum frutescens is a powerhouse of a shrub for Morongo Basin gardens. When young, hungry rabbits can find this sage appealing, so cage it in hardware cloth for protection. Once mature, it is ignored by foragers. Here is a handy guide (pdf) to the different varieties, which you can buy at big box stores and local nurseries. 
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