Waterwise Gardens slated for April 28
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Grab your bike or your walking shoes for the Waterwise Gardens Tour, where participants will see edible plants, native plants and greywater. The tour takes place Sunday, April 28, from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The meeting place for the tour is Cotati’s La Plaza Demonstration Garden at the intersection of West Sierra and Old Redwood Highway.

They’ll learn techniques and strategies that save water and money and also create eye-pleasing oases. The tour will visit sites with a variety of native and drought-tolerant plants, edible landscapes that were formerly lawns, and a front-yard garden irrigated with greywater.

Cotati’s La Plaza water-efficient demonstration garden boasts an array of drought-resistant plants and ecological features. After visiting this central gathering spot, the tour will travel to a neighborhood where everyday citizens are saving water. 

Then, there will be a demonstration showing how simple and affordable it was to install a laundry-to-landscape greywater system. Last, the tour will go to Cotati’s Pocket Park, an edible garden  on the corner of La Salle and Loretto avenues that has saved the city well over 180,000 gallons of water since its transformation from a lawn in 2009. The park is now filled with fruit trees, artichokes, a raspberry patch and an array of medicinal and habitat-building plants.

Also, Equinox Landscape and Oliver's Market will automatically enter all Cotati residents who attend in a raffle to win a free sustainable garden analysis from Equinox Landscape (a $100 value) and a $25 gift certificate to Oliver's Market. For more information, call Erin Axelrod at 332-1967.

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