Plants that say, ‘No thank you’ to water and pesticides

The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College spans a few acres and features an expanse of Native Plants as well as drought tolerant plants from around the world.

Living in an arid climate the advantages of these types of plants are many-

-They only need light water once a month or so

-Native plants have a natural resistance to bugs. No need for pesticides or fertilizers that eventually end up in the ocean.

-Natural resistance to weeds. Once established they don’t need much effort to keep looking great.

Jeremy used a pencil to take notes for us.


I had no idea that the average size lawn uses 26,000 gallons of water every year. Still need to have grass? That’s OK. This exhibit shows what you can do with 6,ooo gallons per year.

Alternative to lawns

One small example from the Native Plant Exhibit

Native Plant

Just looking to do something with your patio or deck? They have you covered with a Container Garden-

Container Garden

In summertime, be sure to go early. It can get hot in East County San Diego.

Cost of admission is a voluntary donation. Or as Homer Simpson likes to say, “That’s just a fancy way of saying it’s free.”

2 Responses to “Plants that say, ‘No thank you’ to water and pesticides”

  1. Andrea says:

    Wow, looks like a fun place! Keeping this in mind for my list of adventures. Any other suggestions for fun weekend day activities?

  2. admin says:

    One thing that I like to do from time to time is to pack a lunch and ride the ferry from downtown to Coronado. Its great to get out on the bay and see the view of the city from the water.

    The schedule is convenient. It leaves downtown every hour on the hour. It leaves Coronado every hour on the half hour. It only costs a few bucks for a round trip ticket.

    The ferry landing has a nice picnic area overlooking the bridge, bay, skyline, etc.

    If you really want to go big, bring bikes with you or rent them from the shop on the other side ( a bit pricey last time I checked). They have some nice bike trails and it fun to ride around Coronado.

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