Water Savvy Garden Tour

Be inspired to turn your yard into an efficient, water-saving landscape!

CVWD hosted its Water Savvy Garden Tour on Saturday, April 28th, to educate residents about the value and beauty of water savvy landscapes.

Participants joined the self-guided tour to learn how they can make changes in their yards to be more water efficient.

Whether we are in a drought or experiencing average rainfall, it is always important to use our precious water resource wisely, and the tour provided the tools to do just that. Over one hundred participants walked away with the knowledge and motivation to transform their water guzzling grass into an attractive, water-saving landscape.

2018 Highlights

The tour began at CVWD where participants were given maps and materials and saw the water district’s demonstration landscapes. They visited over 15 examples of low-water using landscapes throughout the community, including residential landscapes that were previously selected as winners for CVWD’s Landscape Contest. Also featured on the tour was the impressive Maloof Discovery Garden.

"I was so impressed with the pride of achievement by the homeowners,” commented tour participant Barbara Henderson. “It showed in their gardens, the love of gardening and of creating a healthier environment. Thank you for an excellent day."

Participants visited with featured landscape owners and Master Gardener volunteers to learn straight from the source what plants and design elements work well in our warm climate. By viewing multiple variations of attractive, water saving landscapes, participants are inspired to make improvements in their own landscapes, resulting in water savings while beautifying the community.

“CVWD would like to thank the featured landscape owners and the Maloof Foundation staff for being our ambassadors and educating the community about landscapes that thrive in our region,” stated CVWD Board President James V. Curatalo Jr. “It is always important to use water wisely, and we appreciate each individual who participated, eager to learn how they can do their part."

Participants learning about water savvy expertise at the Smith Residence.


Tour History

Each spring, CVWD hosts a Water Savvy Garden Tour (previously Landscape Tour) to educate residents about the beauty and benefits of water saving landscapes. Since it's inception in 2009, the Water Savvy Garden Tour has educated over 600 residents on how they can make changes in their yards to use water efficiently. The tour typically includes visits to 10-15 sites - including commercial sites, public parks and parkways, and homes - that have installed low-water use plants, efficient irrigation systems, and hardscapes. The tour includes residential landscapes that are winners from CVWD’s annual Water Savvy Landscape Contest.


CVWD’s Landscape Tour provides the opportunity to build valuable partnerships with groups such as the Maloof Foundation and the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardeners, who acted as docents at various tour locations. Additionally, featured landscape owners participated at their homes by sharing their experiences with tour participants, so participants could ask questions and learn first-hand about their landscaping successes.

Self-Guided Tour

A condensed self-guided tour is available year round, consisting of multiple water efficient landscape within Rancho Cucamonga. View the list of landscapes and addresses.