About The Garden

About The Garden


The mission of The Water Conservation Garden is to educate and inspire through excellent exhibits and programs that promote water conservation and the sustainable use of related natural resources.

The Water Conservation Garden has nearly six acres of displays that showcase water conservation through a series of beautiful themed gardens, such as a native plant garden and a vegetable garden, as well as how-to displays such as mulch and irrigation exhibits. The Garden also features a native butterfly pavilion that is open spring and summer each year. Please visit our Exhibits page for more information.

The Garden offers many programs and services including:

  • Workshops on Gardening, Sustainability, Art & Wellness. These take place both onsite and online. 
  • Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Youth Education Program
  • The Dorcas E. Utter Butterfly Pavilion featuring numerous species of butterflies native to Southern California and the host and nectar plants they love
  • School tours by appointment
  • Large group tours by appointment
  • Consultations by appointment (virtual and at The Garden) in Landscape Design, Irrigation Tune-Ups and Water Harvesting.
  • Large events such as festivals and plant sales throughout the year featuring family-friendly activities
  • Hosted events such as fundraisers, wedding and other ceremonies
  • Gift shop with a wide range of unique items including books, candles, jewelry, garden artwork and much more!

Strategic Plan

Considerable time and energy was invested to craft a strategic plan with goals, visions and ideals aimed at strengthening The Garden and ensuring it is positioned to meet the challenges of the future.

Please click on the link below for the current strategic plan that includes our vision statement, guiding principles and statement of values.

2021-2031 Strategic Plan

2021-2031 Strategic Plan Handout

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA)

Over the past year, we have been battling unprecedented challenges- a global pandemic, climate change, an economic crisis and rising racial injustices. These crises have uprooted our lives and shined the light on ways we can do better and be better.   

To grow from these unprecedented challenges we must leverage diverse perspectives and the innovation that comes from them. We acknowledge that achieving Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) is a journey and as a community-based garden we must take active steps to ensure everyone feels safe, welcome, and included.  

 A Garden for All 

As a garden we promote the biodiversity of plants and we recognize diversity of people and perspectives makes our garden and community stronger. The Water Conservation Garden is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) within all aspects of our daily operations, including our exhibits, programs, staff, and board. Leveraging a strong foundation of existing policies and practices, our aspiration is to cultivate an institution that is as diverse as the communities we serve.  

GOAL 1: Identify and adopt a culture and value system that understands, respects, and promotes diversity and inclusion in all aspects of The Garden.  

GOAL 2: Maintain and create opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to participate in Garden programs.  

GOAL 3: Recruit, retain, and recognize a diverse workforce and board at The Garden.  

GOAL 4: Establish equity, diversity, and inclusion best practices that shape and impact the workforce, the workplace, and the community.  

Community Driven

The Water Conservation Garden is supported by water district dues, memberships, donations, grants, facility rentals, and gift shop sales.

In 2005, Friends of the Water Conservation was created to increase private support for the Garden. The Water Conservation Garden is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, Federal Tax ID# 20-4395919.

The Garden can be a learning laboratory for the dedicated gardener, a delightful place for an afternoon stroll, or a place to gather lots of information about water-wise, or California-Friendly® gardening.

The Garden welcomes friendly, leashed dogs. Dogs are not allowed in the butterfly pavilion.

Privacy Policy

The Water Conservation Garden (“The Garden”) takes your privacy seriously and cares about how your information is collected, used, stored and shared. The linked PDF describes our privacy policy for transactions conducted in person, via email, postal mail and through our website and third-party applications. By using The Water Conservation Garden website, you consent to the data practices described in this Privacy Policy PDF.


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