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About EMWD's Demonstration Garden

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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 garden replaces 57 acres of traditional landscaping that included nearly 9 acres of turf grass.

EMWD’s demonstration garden was designed to showcases WaterWise landscaping and irrigation while serving as an educational space and landscape model for the community.  The WaterWise demonstration garden features California friendly plants, synthetic turf, and water-efficient irrigation systems such as drip lines and smart controllers.

EMWD’s WaterWise demonstration garden is located at its headquarters at 2270 Trumble Road in Perris, California.

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 by contacting EMWD’s Public and Governmental Affairs Department at 951.928.3777 ext. 3430.

Trees, Shrubs, and Hardscapes

All of the trees, plants, and hardscape materials were selected to provide year-round color and for compatibility with the existing soil type. The garden uses recycled water for all irrigation.

Shrubs

  Image Name Details
01 Rockrose Rockrose 
Cistus Purpureus
Size: 4’ high x 4’ wide
Flower: Purple  
Bloom: Spring
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
02 Japanese Privet Japanese Privet 
Ligustrum Japonicum
Size: 10’ high x 8’ wide
Flower: Creamy White  
Bloom: Spring-Summer
Needs: Full sun, medium water
Attracts: Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
03 Iceberg “Iceberg” Floribunda Rose 
Rosa Spp
Size:  4-6’ high x 3-5’ wide
Flower: White  
Bloom: Year-round
Needs: Full sun, medium water
Attracts: N/A
04 Mexican Bush Sage “Midnight” Mexican Bush Sage 
Salvia Leucantha
Size:  3-4’ high x 2-3’ wide
Flower: Dark Purple  
Bloom: Summer-Fall 
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
05 Blue Chalk Stick Blue Chalk Sticks 
Senecio Vitalis ‘Serpents’
Size: 1′ high x 1’ wide
Flower: White   
Bloom: Summer
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds
06 Coral Fountain Coral Fountain 
Russelia Equisetiformis
Size: 5’ high x 5’ wide
Flower: Red  
Bloom: Spring-Summer
Needs: Full sun, medium water
Attracts: Butterflies and hummingbirds
07 The Shrub Rose Shrub Rose 
Sevillan, Rosa
Size:  3-4’ high x 3-4’ wide
Flower: Red  
Bloom: Spring-Fall
Needs: Full sun, medium water
Attracts: N/A
08 Gopher Plant Gopher Plant 
Euphorbia Lathyris
Size:  2-3’ high x 3-4’ wide
Flower: Yellow  
Bloom: Spring-Summer
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: N/A
09 Yellow Bells Yellow Bells 
Tecoma Stans
Size: 25’ high x 10-25’ wide
Flower: Yellow  
Bloom: Spring-Winter
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
10 India Hawthorn India Hawthorn 
Rhaphiolepis Indica
Size:  4-5’ high x 5-6’ wide
Flower: Light Pink  
Bloom: Spring-Fall
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: Bees and butterflies
11 Dwarf Callistemon Little John 
Dwarf Callistemon
Size: 3’ high x 3’ wide
Flower: Red  
Bloom: Spring-Fall
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
12 Red Yucca Red Yucca 
Hesperaloe Parviflora
Size:  3-4’ high x 3-4’ wide
Flower: Red  
Bloom: Spring-Fall
Needs: Full sun, medium water
Attracts: Bees and butterflies
13 Rosemary Rosemary 
Westringia ‘Wynyabbie’ Gem
Size:  3-4’ high x 4-5’ wide
Flower: lavender  
Bloom: Year-round
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: Bees and butterflies
14 Sea Lavendar Sea Lavender 
Limonium Carolinianum
Size: 3’ high x 2’ wide
Flower: Purple  
Bloom: Year-round
Needs: Full sun, medium water
Attracts: Bees and butterflies
15 Firethorn Firethorn 
Pyracantha
Size: 12’ high x 12’ wide
Flower: White  
Bloom: Spring
Needs: Full sun, medium water
Attracts: Bees and butterflies
16 White Grapes Thompson Seedless Grapes 
Sultanina
Size: height varies x 20-25’ wide
Flower: Grapes  
Bloom: Ripen Aug-Sept
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: N/A
17 Red Kangaroo Paw Red Kangaroo Paw 
Anigozanthos
Size:  1-2’ high x 1-2’ wide
Flower: Red  
Bloom: Spring-Fall
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: Bees and butterflies
18 Texas Ranger Texas Ranger 
Leucophyllum Frutescens
Size:  6-8’ high x 6-8’ wide
Flower: Purple  
Bloom: Summer-Fall 
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
19 Red Hot Poker Red Hot Poker 
Kniphofia
Size: 3’ high x 3’ wide
Flower: Red, Orange  
Bloom: Summer
Needs: Full sun, medium water
Attracts: Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
20 Deer Grass Deer Grass 
Muhlenbergia Rigens
Size: 4’ high x 4’ wide
Flower: Yellow/Purple  
Bloom: Spring
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: Butterflies
21 Pink Muhly Pink Muhly 
Muhlenbergia Capillaris
Size: 3’ high x 3’ wide
Flower: Pink  
Bloom: Fall
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: N/A
22 California Holly California Holly 
Toyon
Size:  6-10’ high x 6-10’ wide
Flower: White   
Bloom: Summer
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: Bees and butterflies

Trees

  Photo Name Details
A Shoestring Acacia Shoestring Acacia
Acacia Stenophylla
Size: 20-30’ high x 10-20’ wide
Flower: Yellow  
Bloom: Spring
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: N/A
B River Red Gum Red River Gum
Eucalyptus Camaldulensis
Size: 98’ high x 65’ wide
Flower: White/Yellow  
Bloom: Spring-Summer
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: Hummingbirds
C Arizona Ash Arizona Ash
Fraxinus Veluntina
Size: 30-50’ high x 40’ wide
Flower: N/A   
Bloom: Spring-Summer
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: Butterflies
D Olive Tree Olive
Olea Europaea
Size: 20-30’ high x 15-25’ wide
Flower: White  
Bloom: Spring-Summer
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: Bees
E Dwarf Tea Tree Dwarf Tea Tree
Leptospermum Laevigatum ‘Reevesii’
Size: 4’ high x 4’ wide
Flower: White  
Bloom: Winter
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: Bees and butterflies
F Coast Live Oak Coast Live Oak
Quercus Agrifolia
Size: 40-60’ high x 40-50’ wide
Flower: Yellow   Bloom: Winter-Spring
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: Butterflies
G Western Redbud Western Redbud
Cercis Occidentalis
Size: 15’ high x 10’ wide
Flower: Purple  
Bloom: Winter-Spring
Needs: Full sun, medium water 
Attracts: Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
H Eastern Redbud Eastern Redbud
Cercis Occidentalis
Size: 15’ high x 10’ wide
Flower: Purple  
Bloom: Winter-Spring
Needs: Full sun, medium water
Attracts: Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
J Cork Oak Cork Oak
Quercus Suber
Size: 70’ high x 70’ wide
Flower: Brown  
Bloom: Spring
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: Butterflies
K Purple Plum Purple Plum
Prunus Cerasifera
Size: 15-25’ high x 15-25’ wide
Flower: Pink  
Bloom: Spring
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: Bees and butterflies
L Citrus Citrus
Rutaceae
Size: 15-20’ high x 15-20’ wide
Flower: White  
Bloom: Spring
Needs: Full sun, medium water
Attracts: Bees and butterflies
M Sycamore Sycamore
Platanus Racemosa
Size: 30-80’ high x 20-50’ wide
Flower: Brown  
Bloom: Winter-Spring
Needs: Full sun, low water
Attracts: Butterflies

Hardscape

  Photo Material Specifications
I River Rock Granite River Cobble
II Crushed Rock Desert Spice
III Boulder Navajo Boulders
IV Compacted Dirt Path Compacted Dirt Path Decomposed Granite
V Walkway Edging Walkway Edging Poured Concrete
VI Stamped concrete Concrete and Paver Patio Stamped and Permeable
VII CEDAR WOOD MULCH Bark Mulch Cedar Wood Brushed Mulch
VIII Artificial turf Artificial Turf Synthetic Fibers with Infill

Self-Guided Walking Tour

Image of the tour guide brochure coverSave water and reduce maintenance.   EMWD’s Demo Garden showcases delightful WaterWise landscaping and irrigation. 

Download EMWD’s Demo Garden Walking Tour Guide (PDF)

Landscaping Retrofit Project

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

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

The Landscaping Retrofit project began in 2005 with a goal to reduce water consumption by 75 percent. 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.