Xeriscaping featured at SA garden shows

Drought-tolerant materials highlighted at San Antonio Fall Home & Garden Show

SAN ANTONIO - Recent drought has pushed more an more homeowners into exploring making the landscaping in their yard drought-tolerant.

And the people who put on the San Antonio Fall Home & Garden Show at the Alamodome this weekend have taken notice

"Water conservation is one of the No. 1 things that you find. You watch the landscapes and the home and garden shows (on TV) change from those lush grass and trees to more of a hardscape, outdoor living, xeriscape kind of thing," said Home & Garden Show spokesperson Pamela Rogers.

The show will have many examples of what can be done to conserve water while maintaining a beautiful yard.

The idea is to get people away from thinking that having a great big green lawn is the same as having a great yard.

"You could bring in your photographs. Talk to an expert. Sit down. Have a consultation and get some big ideas about how to save water, and how amazing your backyard can look without any grass at all, " Rogers said.

Using the right types of plants will go a long way in making for a water smart yard.

"Sticking to the Texas native plants, you've got your rosemarys, your salvias, stuff like that. Once they are established, they're really not requiring a whole lot of water," said Kyle Abbott, a landscape designer with Clearwater Landscape Design.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, the Gardening Volunteers of South Texas will hold their Annual Watersaver Landscape Tour. Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., five homes in and around San Antonio featuring drought resistant designs and landscaping will open their yards to the public.

Volunteers will be on hand at each location to educate about water-saving landscaping.

More info on the tour, visit WatersaverLandscapeTour.org

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