Jon Foreman, of the Band 'Switchfoot', Tours The Garden

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Ms. Smarty-Plants Celebrates Earth Day 2020 in The Garden

Spring is Spilling Over
in The Garden!

Photo by: Lauren Gagliano-Saline

Spring is about renewal in The Garden, and this year is filled with it; pollinators working their magic everywhere. Read about “Paul-inators” in the spring issue of InBLOOM online. The Desert Tortoises come out of brumation in spring and rediscover their habitat. Until you see them again in person, get to know them better online. We have a web page filled with details about Tank, Bernie & Mr. Peabody. Speaking of online, many of our workshops are now offered online so you can keep learning and having fun “in The Garden” from home. Check our online calendar for updates.


Education Program

Ms. Smarty-Plants™ award-winning programs inspire young people through interactive and engaging hands on learning in water conservation and stewardship of the earth. Fieldtrips, Assemblies and Special Programs meet E-STEM, California State and Next Generation Science Standards. With her special mixture of music, magic and fun, Ms. Smarty-Plants™ ignites the EARTH HERO in each of us.

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Virtual Food Drive

Donate to Otay Water District’s Virtual Food Drive During COVID-19 The Otay Water District, in partnership with the San Diego.

Contest Deadline Extended!

Otay Water District’s WaterSmart Landscape Contest - Win Various Prizes! Deadline Extended to May 29 The Otay Water District invites.

Ms. Smarty-Plants Celebrates Earth Day

April 22nd was the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (Ms. Smarty-Plants' favorite holiday) and she celebrated in her favorite place,.

Celebrate Earth Month!

April 22nd marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – a global movement to celebrate our environment. As the COVID-19.

Water Pros Working Around the Clock to Ensure Service

April 13 - Water News Network More than a month into the corona virus crisis in California, water pros continue.

Online Programs!

Discover new online activities for you and your whole family. Visit our online calendar to see updated programs that have.

SD Regional Water Safe

The Water Authority and its 24 member agencies have increased regional coordination and communication to ensure the corona virus pandemic.

The Garden's COVID-19 Update

The Water Conservation Garden COVID-19 Update Release Date: March 31, 2020 With the recent federal announcement and guidelines to stay.

Water Heroes!

Water News Network: March 24, 2020 In an effort to ensure continuity of operations, ten volunteers are sheltering in place.


We join all communities in wishing everyone remains safe during this uncertain time. I wanted to reach out and update.

CNPS Garden Tour Postponed

The California Native Plant Society-San Diego Chapter has changed the date. April 2021 CNPS will present their 8th annual Garden.

Imperial Valley Conservation Efforts Benefit San Diego, Southwest

The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors visited the Imperial Valley January 30 for a day-long tour that.

Student Artwork Featured in 2020 Fallbrook PUD Calendar

Talented fourth-graders from Fallbrook area elementary schools picked up their pens, crayons, and watercolors to create the best and brightest.

Student Artists Featured in 2020 ‘Water Is Life’ Calendar

December 30, 2019 /Water News Network Five talented San Diego County student artists from four elementary schools were among 36.

New Rebates For Water-Smart Irrigation Devices in San Diego County

A new rebate program for irrigation devices is available to qualified landscape contractors in San Diego County. The Water Smart.

Climate change making stronger El Ninos

ABC NEWS By: Seth Borenstein, SP Science Writer Climate change is making stronger El Ninos, which change weather worldwide and.

MCAS Miramar Receives Water Efficiency Award

Water News Network - Oct. 3, 2019 The San Diego County Water Authority presented its 2019 Water Innovation & Efficiency.

SD Public Utilities Dept Honored for Sustainability

The City of San Diego Public Utilities Department has been recognized as a “Utility of the Future Today” for its.

Metropolitan Water District to Study Rainfall and Stormwater Runoff

The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California has launched a new pilot program to provide vital data on the.

Will Climate Change Mean Less Farming in the West?

Civil Eats Colorado and California are rethinking water management for a hotter, drier future, while balancing urban water needs with.

Spring Garden Festival at The Garden

Awarded $25K Grant

The Water Conservation Garden’s Ms. Smarty-PlantsTM program received a $25,000 Environmental Champion Grant in June from SDG&E. The award comes.

Water Authority Savings Program

The San Diego County Water Authority is expanding a long-running partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to increase.

ACWA's New Video

Small Changes, Big Impact. The Association of California Water Agencies released a new video featuring The Garden. Watch the video!

Students Take Honors

Students Take Honors in OMWD’s 2019 Water Awareness Poster Contest Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors recognized the winners.

The Garden Awarded!

The Garden Receives Small Business Award for Making a Difference! On Thursday, May 23, 2019 The San Diego Regional Chamber.

Ms. Smarty-Plants Education

Ms. Smarty-Plants™ education programs  teach residents of all ages about the importance of water conservation and stewardship of the earth. .

Plants in the Garden

Explore a sampling of the plants you’ll see at The Garden.

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