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

February 08, 2013

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

The San Diego County Water Authority and several member agencies have teamed with The Home Depot to offer significant savings at San Diego County Garden-Friendly Plant Fairs in February, March and April.

San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs

Plant Fairs are 8 a.m. to noon at these locations of The Home Depot:

  • Feb. 23: 7530 Broadway, Lemon Grove

  • Feb. 23: 5755 Mission Ave., Oceanside

  • March 2: 4255 Genesee Ave., San Diego

  • March 2: 1320 Eastlake Pkwy, Chula Vista

  • March 9: 1001 El Camino Real, Encinitas

  • March 9: 12185 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego

  • March 23: 298 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon

  • March 23: 10604 Westview Pkwy, San Diego

  • April 20: 1475 E. Valley Pkwy, Escondido

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During the events, specially marked containers of low-water-use plants such as lavender, lantana, agave and rosemary will be heavily discounted at select 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.

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

“Rethinking your landscape is one of the smartest things you can do to save water,” said Jeff Stephenson, a principal water resources specialist at the Water Authority.  “By buying discounted low-water-use plants you not only save money today, but you can have an attractive yard for years.”

Water Authority member agencies participating in plant fairs are city of Carlsbad, city of Escondido, Helix Water District, 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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