San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs Offer Deep Discounts and Tips

September 26, 2013

The San Diego County Water Authority and several member agencies once again have teamed with The Home Depot to offer…

The San Diego County Water Authority and several member agencies once again have teamed with The Home Depot to offer significant savings at San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs in October.

During the events, specially marked containers of low-water-use plants will be discounted up to 50 percent at participating The Home Depot stores. Industry experts will be at the plant fairs to provide information about water-efficient irrigation supplies, and how to select and grow low-water-use plants. The Home Depot certified nursery consultants will host how-to workshops, and local retail water agency staff will be on hand with information about water conservation programs and services.

The plant fairs are designed to increase adoption of WaterSmart landscapes appropriate for San Diego County’s semiarid climate. Outdoor water-use efficiency is a major regional goal because about half of the water used in typical homes is for landscaping. In addition to plant fairs, the Water Authority offers an incentive program for residents and businesses who replace turf grass with water-efficient plants.

“With the rainy season ahead, it’s a great time to get started with yard projects that will improve curb appeal and reduce water consumption at the same time,” said Jeff Stephenson, a principal water resources specialist at the Water Authority. “These plant fairs have proved very popular with residents because they not only get great deals, but they also get advice about how to get the best bang for their buck.”

Water Authority member agencies participating in plant fairs are city of Carlsbad, city of Escondido, city of Oceanside, Olivenhain Municipal Water District, Otay Water District, Rainbow Municipal Water District, Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District, city of San Diego, San Dieguito Water District, and Valley Center Municipal Water District.

For more information about plant fairs, turf grass replacement rebates and outdoor water conservation tips, go to

  • The San Diego County Water Authority sustains a $268 billion regional economy and the quality of life for 3.3 million residents through a multi-decade water supply diversification plan, major infrastructure investments and forward-thinking policies that promote fiscal and environmental responsibility. A public agency created in 1944, the Water Authority delivers wholesale water supplies to 23 retail water providers, including cities, special districts and a military base.

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