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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: Red Yucca

    Posted by · July 01, 2022 12:00 AM
    A non-native grass-like plant that does particularly well in the Morongo Basin is red yucca, or Hesperaloe  parviflora. Its grassy evergreen leaves provide interest during all seasons, with plants having a purple cast in the winter cold. 
    red yucca plant with flowers
    Creative Commons photo by Fritz Hochstätter
    As a native of the Mexican Chihuahuan Desert, red yucca can withstand our high temperatures.  The deep rose-pink blooms usually start in June and last for a long time, provided the plant is regularly watered. The bloom spike can reach 5 feet in mature plants. If watered irregularly, it will either not bloom or the blooms will be few. 
    This is a low-maintenance plant beloved by hummingbirds!
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