Water conservavation is a big priority here in Southern California. One of the biggest consumers of water is your garden. This Saturday (tomorrow) at 9:00am over at Rogers Gardens in Newport Beach, there will be a seminar entitled "Beautiful Gardens with Less Water." They will be introducing several new plants you might not be aware of, as well as techniques and issues, like "hydrozoning" irrigation cycling, percipation rates and irrigation hotspots. Another big area of interest that will be covered will be about new technology, like "smart irrigation" and "efficient" sprinkler systems... We recently saw a special on tv that mentioned these types of irrigation systems that are currently being employed in some new housing developments in Irvine. They use solar and satellite technology to time the sprinklers for optimum efficiency. Tom Ash, will be speaking on this, who has worked with the University of California and The Irvine Ranch Water District. Ron Vanderhoff will also be presenting, who is the Nursery Manager at Rogers Gardens. It will surely be an educational event, so stop by if you are in the area. Directions here and more info here.