Greener Garden Tours

A different kind of garden tour.
As water for landscaping is getting more and more scarce, the Greener Gardens Tours are here to help!
A greener way to landscape: Showcasing water-wise landscapes and demonstrating the how-to.
See the gardens, now plan your own!


'Drive yourself' garden tour
Grab a friend and enjoy! See the best local gardens reflecting the efficient use of water saving techniques and other River Friendly Landscaping practices.

LEARN - We label plants so you don't have to guess. A professional commentary on every garden describes why the garden is desirable and doable in our region. Sometimes the tips and stories behind our gardens are as interesting as the gardeners themselves!
EXPERTS - Professional Design Advice New this year! On the spot $30 for 30-minute consultations with APLD Landscape Designers. Bring your photos, plans, drawings, ideas, and we'll head you in the right direction.
For appointments: Gary Kernick 916 835-6920 or

MORE - The UC Master Gardeners Plant Clinic. Ask the Experts - questions answered; bring your garden mysteries in a sealed plastic bag.
WIN! Enter to Win - One lucky Elk Grove resident wins a free water-wise design makeover. SNEAK PEEK - 2016 Our Elk Grove tour includes California natives in a rain garden, a family friendly courtyard garden, a woodland garden by an expert plantsman, a sharp modern garden, a hummingbird garden, a butterfly garden, and an all-star favorite. Color, style and creativity!


Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016
10 AM - 4 PM   -   Free

Pick up a map at the parking lot of Green Acres Nursery, Elk Grove, 9220 East Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95624.

Register online

See Photo Galleries Online all year round. Be inspired by beautiful water-wise gardens from past tours, professionally photographed by Bruce Robinson. See our Garden Gallery of favorites near the registration area on tour day.



Grab a friend and enjoy! Be inspired on this self-guided driving tour, showcasing participants in Roseville's Cash for Grass Rebate Program ( and local gardens that highlight a variety of Water-Wise, River-Friendly Landscaping principles (

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Expo
FREE demonstrations, workshops, and activities
for creating and caring for yourR River-Friendly landscape by using water efficiently, avoiding water runoff, fostering soil health, reducing green waste, and preventing pollution of our air and waterways.

"Ask the Experts" your landscaping questions. On hand will be River-Friendly Landscaping Green Gardener and EcoLandscaper professionals, UC Master Gardeners, and water-efficiency experts.

Greener Gardens Photo Gallery
View all-star gardens
featured on current and past tours.

Professional Design Advice - $30 for 30-minute consultations with APLD Landscape Designers. Bring your photos, plans, drawings, and ideas.
To schedule your appointment: Contact Gary Kernick 916-835-6920 or

Local vendors offering water-wise and eco-friendly products, services, climate-appropriate and California native plants ~ everything you need to get started!

Rethink your yard Maintenance can be reduces by as much as 50% by limiting lawn (reduce mowing), selecting low-water use plants suited to our soil and climate (eliminate non-California-friendly plants), giving trees top priority (water trees first), making your irrigation system efficient (eliminate runoff and waste), using compost and mulch (nourish the soil) - SaveOurWater.


Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
9 AM - 3 PM

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Expo - Free

at the Utility Exploration Center,
1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., in Mahany Park

Garden Tour - $5 per family carload
Register online:
or call 916-746-1550

Your registration enters you to win a one-hour landscape consultation!

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