On Saturday, Aug. 19, at 10:30 a.m. in the Coso Gallery of the Maturango Museum, Ann Richardson, former horticulturalist at the Huntington Botanical Garden, will give a slide presentation on “Drought-Tolerant Landscape Plants.” If you have been thinking of replacing your lawn with a xeriscape, updating your landscaping, or just learning how to care for the plants you have, you will want to attend.

The plants featured in the slide show will be available for sale in late September, when the Eastern Kern County Resource Conservation District (EKCRCD) in partnership with the California Department of Conservation hosts its annual drought-tolerant plant sale at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. Attending the slide show will give you a chance to see before you buy and ask questions of an expert who can tell you which plants are right for your landscape needs. In addition some of the plants are available for viewing at the drought-tolerant gardens of the Maturango Museum.

This year the plant sale will be a little different. The EKCRCD will not be taking orders for the plants. Instead they will be ordering a larger number and holding the sale on a first-come, first-served basis at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds.

You will have an opportunity to let the EKCRCD know how many plants of each type to order. Plant lists will be available at the slide presentation. Take two lists and, as you see the plant pictures pop up on the screen, mark your choices and quantities of plants on both lists. Then turn one copy in to the EKCRCD box or volunteer before you leave.

Plant lists will also be available online, at www.ekcrcd.org (Plant Sale tab). You may scan and email your choices to ekcrcd@iwvisp.com, or mail or drop them off at the EKCRCD office, which is located inside the Bureau of Land Management office, at 300 S. Richmond Rd. in Ridgecrest.

For more information, please email ekcrcd@iwvisp.com, or call 760-384-5477 between the hours of 8am and noon Monday-Friday.