19th Annual Watersaver Landscape Tour

Virtual Tour of 10 homes in Sonterra!

October 24, 2020


Raffle prizes

The VIDEOS of the tour have been posted on the Gardening Volunteers of South Texas YouTube site, available from the Menu above.

While the Coronavirus pandemic continues to dictate the need to preclude large community gatherings, that has not dampened the enthusiasm for continuing the Watersaver Landscape Tour in 2020. The Gardening Volunteers of South Texas (GVST), San Antonio Water System (SAWS) and Trinity Glen Rose Groundwater Conservation District (TGR) are still gearing up to bring you an inside look at some nice-looking landscapes in San Antonio, but this year you’ll being hopping on Zoom rather than a tour bus.

“We had to do a little re-imagining of the Landscape Tour, but we now have a great plan to conduct the tour online,” said TGR Assistant General Manager Amanda Maloukis. “This year, we will be featuring landscapes in Sonterra. We will be producing some short videos with beautiful photography to give attendees a first-hand look at various types of plants used in our featured landscapes as well as some interesting ideas people can use to remake their own yards. Our sponsors will be providing some awesome prize packages and we’re planning to have some time for questions and answers toward the end of the online broadcast.”

Admission is FREE and open to the public!

Gated communities located in Sonterra will allow our virtual tours to view 10 distinct and beautiful examples of water saving landscaping. This tour will be part of the “Rewards Program” sponsored by SAWS,  with significant support from Trinity Glen Rose, and the San Antonio River Authority.

The tour, one of our biggest annual events, showcases impressive yards that do not require much water to remain beautiful. This year’s yards were selected using the following criteria:

• Substantial reduction in grass in the front or side yard

• Beds mulched with leaves, bark or stone

• A variety of plants appropriate to the soil and sunlight conditions

• In the non-grass landscape area, plants cover at least 50%

• Planned and maintained borders between water saving landscape and other areas

This free event began in 2002, in partnership with the San Antonio Water System, and sponsorship from the San Antonio River Authority. For the second year we welcome our newest sponsor Trinity Glen Rose Groundwater Conservation District, whom also supports our mission to promote outdoor water conservation through educational outreach within Bexar County communities.

All eligible registrants will be entered in the Raffle Drawing at the end of the Tour. Registrants must be able to come to a designated area in Bexar County to pick up their prize. The list of prizes will be posted on the GVST website after the Tour Webinar with contact information regarding picking up the prize.

2018 Tour Photos