Yard Tours

Watersaver Landscape Tour

Saturday April 8, 2017
9am-3pm
Free, Self-Guided Tour

Six impressive yards north of Loop 1604
between the IH10 corridor and Kyle Seale Parkway.

A program and map will be available in all yards.

 

 

Sonoma Ranch - 310 Santa Domingo

 

  • How to keep outdoor water on the plants with a lot as steep like this one?
  • Slow down the water as it tries to run off!
  • Solution here: Create strategically-placed plant beds bordered by boulders unearthed from the property.
  • Create wide dry stream beds (paths of small to medium smooth stones) to slow ferocious water runoff during heavy rains.
Fair Oaks Ranch - 8615 Turning Leaf (Temporary Gate Code is 41069)
  • Yard is a certified wild scape and a Best in Texas Backyard Habitat, an honor bestowed by Texas Parks and Wildlife.
  • A wide variety of native plants feed the wildlife as well as the human soul.
  • Brush piles are kept intact to provide a protected space for animals to raise their young
  • Yard is home to bullfrogs, owls, anoles (commonly misidentified as geckos), butterflies, hummingbirds, red-tailed hawks and, of course, deer.
Sonoma Ranch 2 - 711 Vegas Rio

 

  • Outdoor living at its finest!
  • No-water putting green, outdoor living room with fireplace and big-screen TV, outdoor kitchen and infinity pool with waterfall.
  • Three huge rainwater cisterns hidden under the deck.
  • An aerobic treatment system that uses treated wastewater to water turf and shrubs.
Stonewall Estates - 8339 Winecup Hill

 

  • Literally, the high point of the tour! You’ll enjoy the fabulous Hill Country view as much as the European-styled home and garden.
  • Cobble pavers form a casual front patio, surrounded by rose bushes, ornamental grasses, aromatic rosemary, and pots of colorful annuals.
  • Low walls set off the yard from the street, yet keep a clear sight line to the house and the view.
Village Green - 8346 Settlers Peak (Temporary Gate Code is 42017)
  • Nothing ordinary about the plants in this yard! The homeowner, a true gardener at heart, has researched and used plant materials you won’t find elsewhere!
  • If your yard that slopes toward the house, see how these homeowners used hardscaping to correct the problem.
  • Ask the homeowner about drip irrigation. All the plant beds have it. She suggests laying it in a pattern like a crossword puzzle.
Babcock Road and Clear Rock - 7303 Clear Rock

 

  • The surprise in this yard is behind the back gate!
  • Not a blade of grass to be seen, except the ornamental kind. Homeowner reports that water bill most months of 2016 was $35.
  • See how owners solved an initial flooding issue through drains and hardscaping.
  • Native and adapted plants are well-spaced throughout, and repeat enough to give the yard a sense of restfulness.

The tour, one of our biggest annual events, showcases impressive yards that don’t require lots of water to remain beautiful.  Yards have been selected using the following criteria:

• Uniqueness in design, plant material and color

• Plant materials used are appropriate, native and/or drought tolerant species

• Lawn area has been reduced or eliminated and replaced with impervious hardscape, mulch or turf grass that is appropriate for the space
This free event, in partnership with the San Antonio Water System and sponsored by the San Antonio River Authority, started in 2002.  It supports our mission to promote outdoor water conservation through educational outreach within the Bexar County communities.

Garden Conservancy Tour

October 14, 2017
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