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About EMWD's Demonstration Garden


About EMWD’s Demonstration Garden

Flowering garden.EMWD has saved water and reduced landscaping maintenance costs by retrofitting its landscaping, which included the creation of a demonstration garden. As part of EMWD’s efforts to maximize water supplies – including recycled water supplies – EMWD completed the third and final phase of its Landscaping Retrofit project with the completion of its demonstration garden in 2009.

The demonstration garden is located at EMWD’s headquarters at 2270 Trumble Road in Perris, California. The garden showcases water-wise landscaping and irrigation, and was designed to be an educational space and landscape model for the community. As part of EMWD’s Landscape Retrofit project, the garden replaces 57 acres of traditional landscaping that included nearly 9 acres of turf grass.

Retrofitting the existing landscaping has reduced maintenance costs and has significantly lowered water use.

The garden features different grades of synthetic turf, California Friendly plants, and water-efficient irrigation systems such as drip lines and smart controllers. All trees, plants, and other materials were selected to provide year-round color and be compatible with the existing soil type of the area.

EMWD’s demonstration garden was partially funded with donations from Synthetic Landscape America, Toro, Rainbird, and Irrometer.

The garden is open to the public during EMWD business hours, with self-guided tour materials available in the Main Office. In addition, guided tours may be scheduled.

Trees, Plants and Other Materials

The following landscape elements are featured in the garden:


Red River Gum
Australian Tea Tree
Shoestring Acacia
Arizona Ash
Strawberry Tree
Lemon Scented Gum


Texas Ranger
Wax Leaf Privet
Acacia Redolens
Society Garlic
Yucca Pendula
Pfitzer Juniper
India Hawthorne


Bush Lantana
Star Jasmine
Bark Mulch
Artificial Turf


Crushed Rock
Decomposed Granite

Landscaping Retrofit Project

The Landscaping Retrofit project began in 2005 with a goal to reduce water consumption by 75%. That goal was achieved after the first two phases were completed.

In the first two phases, EMWD parking lots, materials yard, and streetscapes were retrofitted to reduce turf grass, increase water-efficient ground cover, increase hardscape, and implement water-efficient irrigation systems.

Before Retrofit

Expanse of lawn in business park.

Removal of Turf Grass

Tractor removing large area of lawn.

Blank Canvas

Post clean up and ready for landscaping.

Placing Trees and Shrubs

New water-wise shrubs.

Adding Boulders, Rocks and Plants

Adding water-wise landscaping.

Nearing Completion

New water-wise landscape near completion.

Streetscape Before the Retrofit

Expanse of lawn in residential area.

Streetscape After the Retrofit

Water-wise landscaping in residential area.


Honey Bees and Water Wise Gardens

“Bee” Water Wise and protect the honey bees!

Want to help your local honeybee and native bee populations, while cutting back on water use at the same time? Plant a drought-tolerant garden with nectar- and pollen- rich plants!  Not only will it provide forage for pollinators, but the plants require less water than lawns, and produce beautiful, fragrant blooms.