Introduction to the video series. Traditionally set for April, tour sponsor, the Morongo Basin Conservation Association (MBCA), canceled this year’s planned, self-guided landscape tour in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Unwilling to give up the popular event, MBCA decided that if the public could not go to the properties, the properties should be brought to the public via video.
"Casa de Culebra" was born out of the labor and vision of avid gardener and career artist Snake Jagger. The undisturbed landscape in the area is characterized by creosote, various native yucca and cholla cacti. The natives were retained where possible as the property was developed. Along the rock-lined nature trail one see the homeowner's singular viewpoint, with numerous, somewhat hidden, artistic vignettes. There are decorative cactus plots, solar-powered water fountains, a dry river bed, wind chimes and art installations. This popular artist's whimsically-surreal, signature painted doors have been incorporated throughout. Have a seat and enjoy the installations or the views of Morongo Valley.
“Agave Acres” is an energy efficient, off-the-grid, solar-powered home on a 37-acre Pioneertown parcel. It is integrated into the natural landscape and sited to capture views of the surrounding Joshua tree forest and Black Lava Butte. Boulders have been placed to create low walls that accommodate the sloping terrain. Care was taken to preserve and feature native plants that include Joshua tree, catclaw acacia, ephedra and blackbrush. The indigenous landscape has been supplemented with the addition of mesquite trees, cactus, agave and container plantings. Greywater is also available for use on plantings.
This 2.5 acre Flamingo Heights, CA property is surrounded by creosote scrub and features garden hardscape decor from locally harvested rock. In early spring, silver spurge with chartreuse flowers delights, having been transplanted throughout the landscape. Committed to low water use, the owners irrigate the front yard only. Joshua tree and cholla skeletons have been used to provide structure and as decorated accents. Inviting flagstone-paved walking paths lead to a pond and large, south-facing outdoor living space and cooking patio.