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Apr 20

From the desk of Michele McKinney, Director of Community Affairs

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 8:38 AM by Son Bui

Celebrate the environment and water at Earth Night in the Garden

Earth Night in the Garden was born nearly a decade ago, and now it’s just around the corner!

Our commitment to the environment and securing your water supply are the foundations upon which this signature Western event was built.

Several Western team members and I were brainstorming back in 2006 ways to provide you, our customers, a way to embrace the importance of water and how to be efficient in using it. Earth Day, celebrated around the world on April 22, came to mind. And then a light bulb came on – why not give our customers something fun and informative to do to celebrate Earth Day, but at night?!

If you’re not one of the nearly 2,000 people who have joined us annually for Earth Night in the Garden, become one this year. Gather up some friends, your kids or just bring yourself and participate in this free annual festival where you can enjoy arts, crafts, games and demonstrations in the name of water, using it efficiently and protecting our environment.

And the best part…having lady bugs sprinkled into your hands and then releasing them to the wind and sky – Lady Bug Releases happen each hour at Earth Night in the Garden!

Hosted from 3 to 7 p.m. at our Landscapes Southern California Style (SM)
 demonstration garden, Earth Night in the Garden presents a unique opportunity for visitors to see the one-acre garden’s climate-appropriate plants and other related demonstrations. Event participants can also receive updates on the drought, water-efficiency rebates and programs designed to assist in lowering water demand.

The address for the garden is 450 E. Alessandro Blvd., Riverside, 92508. Parking is limited so you may park across the street at the Mission Grove Shopping Center.

Join us this Friday in helping to preserve the environment and understand the role that water plays in the process – and set some lady bugs skyward!