Water Conservation & Xeriscape Expo

February 25, 2013 by  
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Living in a desert, we all know the need to conserve water and make our yards as self-sustaining as possible. And in this economy, we have an added incentive to save our hard-earned cash by reducing our water bill.

The 2013 Water Conservation & Xeriscaping Expo this weekend March 2 and 3 will help you do just that. And it’s all free. We mean all!  Let’s start with the admission: FREE. And the multitude of seminars? FREE.  OK, there is a parking fee if you drive there, but let’s not quibble.

The Expo organized by the Xeriscape Council of New Mexico features a host of exhibitors where you can find out about cool stuff like xeriscape technology and green home and garden products, as well as browse and buy plants.

Free admission also gets you access to free seminars, including:

  • Xeriscaping and Xeric design
  • Water harvesting
  • Drip irrigation
  • Water budgeting
  • Waterwise food growing
  • Tree selection for Albuquerque
  • Soil problems and solutions
  • Pruning
  • Landscape maintenance
  • Beneficial bugs for the garden
  • Strategies for adapting gardens to changes in climate
  • The living landscape of New Mexico
  • And more!

See all the seminar times here. The 2013 Water Conservation & Xeriscaping Expo takes place:

  • When:
    Saturday March 2, from 9 am – 5 pm
    Sunday March 3, from 10 am  – 4 pm
  • Where: Expo New Mexico in the Creative Arts Building.
  • Admission: Free, although expect to pay for parking – usually $5 at Expo NM, home of the State Fairgrounds.

–Tania


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Water Conservation & Xeriscape Expo

February 22, 2012 by  
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Living in a desert, we all know we need to conserve water. And in this economy, we have an added incentive to save our hard-earned cash by reducing our water bill.

The 2012 Water Conservation & Xeriscaping Expo this weekend February 25 and 26 will help you do just that. And it’s all free. We mean all!

Let’s start with the admission: FREE. And the multitude of seminars? FREE.  OK, there is a $5 parking fee, but let’s not quibble.

The Expo organized by the Xeriscape Council of New Mexico features a host of exhibitors where you can find out about cool stuff like garden art, xeriscape technology, and solar power, and also visit wildlife and conservation exhibitors, nurseries with native plants and trees, and local New Mexico food booths. They’re also promising drawings to win prizes from exhibitors and free plants.

Free admission also gets you access to free seminars, including:

  • Backyard beekeeping
  • Xeriscaping
  • Water harvesting
  • The basics of drip irrigation
  • Composting
  • Soil problems and solutions
  • Strategies for adapting gardens to changes in climate
  • Tree selection for Albuquerque
  • And more!

The 2012 Water Conservation & Xeriscaping Expo:

  • When:
    Saturday February 25, from 9 am – 5 pm
    Sunday February  26 from 10 am  – 4 pm
  • Where: Expo New Mexico
  • Admission: Free, although allow $5 for parking

–Tania

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Water Conservation & Xeriscaping Expo

February 25, 2011 by  
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Living in a desert, we all know we need to conserve water. And in this economy, we have an added incentive to save our hard-earned cash by reducing our water bill.

The 2011 Water Conservation & Xeriscaping Expo this weekend February 26 and 27 will help you do just that. And it’s all free. We mean all!

Let’s start with the admission: FREE. And the multitude of seminars? FREE.  OK, there is a $4 parking fee, but let’s not quibble.

The Expo organized by the Xeriscape Council of New Mexico features a huge list of exhibitors:

  • Cool stuff like garden art, vintage gardening equipment, hardscape elements, and xeriscape technology
  • Nurseries with native plants and trees
  • New Mexico food booths include Bee Chama Honey, Black Bird Pies, Chef Johnny Vee, Jane Goodall Institute, Urban Chickens, Jenna’s Jams, La Montanita Coop, and a host of local farms and growers.
  • For the kids, Hawks Aloft will be on hand, along with Talking Talons, Wildlife Rescue Inc. of New Mexico, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Trailer Exhibit.

Free admission also gets you access to over 20 free seminars, including:

  • Backyard Gardening – Garden Design
  • Creating an Edible Permaculture Landscape
  • Eco-Friendly Xeriscaping
  • Growing Tomatoes in Albuquerque
  • Importance of Bees
  • Rainwater Harvesting Demos
  • And more!

The 2011 Water Conservation & Xeriscaping Expo:

  • When: Saturday February 26, from 9:30 am – 6 pm
    Sunday February  27 from 10 am  – 5 pm
  • Where: Expo New Mexico
  • Admission: Free, although allow $4 for parking

–Tania

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OUTDOOR WATER REBATES

April 13, 2009 by  
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When spring is in the air, a young woman’s fancy turns lightly to thoughts of ripping out large areas of sod from the backyard and converting it to an exotic outdoor living space, complete with potted date palms and rattan furniture canopied with mosquito netting. At least, that’s how it works over here at Cheap Central.

Luckily, ripping out that sod could earn you a substantial rebate from the Water Authority. Their outdoor water rebate plans cover a wide range of conservation measures that could put cash in your pocket. Here’s a sampling:

  • Receive a 75¢ per square foot rebate by installing a drip irrigation system and replacing turf with xeric plants
  • Get a $1.50 per square foot rebate for replacing turf with xeric plants and installing a rainwater collection/direction system
  • Earn a 25% rebate (up to $100) for adding compost to your landscape
  • Receive a 25% rebate (up to $50) for renting sod removal equipment
  • Install a rain barrel or rainwater cistern and receive up to a $150 rebate
  • Attend a “Water Smart” irrigation class to earn a $20 credit

And there are other ways to get rebates or receive credit from the Water Authority. Of course, many of these suggestions will also help you use less water — which means a lower water bill. Check out all the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority’s rebate and credit programs and start saving today!

Note:  Sadly, canopies of mosquito netting are not included in any of the rebate programs.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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FREE ADMISSION, FREE SEMINARS: WATER CONSERVATION & XERISCAPE EXPO

February 24, 2009 by  
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Living in a desert, we all know we need to conserve water. And with the economy sagging, we all have added incentive to save our hard-earned cash by reducing our water bill.

The 2009 Water Conservation & Xeriscape Expo will help you do just that. And it’s all free. I mean all!

Let’s start with the admission: FREE. And the multitude of seminars? FREE.

OK, there is a $4 parking fee, but let’s not quibble.

The expo will feature over 250 exhibitors, showing off cool stuff like vintage gardening equipment, garden art, hardscape elements, xeriscape technology, locally grown foods and much more. For the kids, Hawks Aloft will be on hand, along with Talking Talons, Wildlife Rescue Inc. of New Mexico, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Trailer Exhibit.

But it doesn’t end with the exhibitors. No, your free admission gets you access to over 20 free seminars, including:

  • Creating a Water Conserving Garden from the Soil Up
  • Waterwise Wildlife Gardening, Attraction and Mischief Management
  • Native Plants: A Fusion of Artistry and Ecology
  • Safe, Legal, Inexpensive and Effective Greywater Harvesting
  • Hummingbirds in the Xeriscape Garden
  • Impressionist Techniques for Southwest Gardens
  • Organic Gardening

And many others!

Dude, I am totally there. I hope you will be, too!

WHAT: 2009 Water Conservation & Xeriscape Expo
WHEN: Saturday, February 28, 8:30am – 4:30pm; Sunday, March 1, 10:00am – 4:00pm
WHERE: Expo New Mexico (formerly the State Fairgrounds)

–Elizabeth Hanes

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$25 OFF REGISTRATION: 2009 INTERNATIONAL WATER CONSERVATION & XERISCAPE CONFERENCE

February 15, 2009 by  
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If you’re passionate about the environment and water usage, you won’t want to miss this. The 2009 International Water Conservation and Xeriscape Conference takes place Thursday and Friday, February 26-27, at the Pyramid Marriott.

This conference features the biggest names in water conservation and ecology today:

  • Maude Barlow, Global Water Keynote speaker
  • Wes Jackson, Foodshed Keynote speaker
  • Roger Doiron, advocate for local and regional food systems
  • Doug Fine, author of Farewell, My Subaru

and many others.

This year’s conference focuses on the connection between watershed and foodshed. Thursday’s agenda focuses on the former, while Friday focuses on the latter.

The registration fee includes the two-day conference, all conference materials, lunches, coffee breaks and access to all exhibits. The full fee will be $225 (which, incidentally, is a bargain), but you can save $25 by registering before 2/20/09. That means you get it all for just $200.

WHAT: 2009 International Water Conservation & Xeriscape Conference
WHEN: Thursday & Friday, February 26-27, 8:00am – 5:00pm both days
WHERE: Pyramid Marriott Hotel, 5151 San Francisco Rd NE (west side of I-25, south of the Paseo del Norte interchange), 505-821-3333 or 1-800-262-2043
MORE INFO: Xeriscape Council of New Mexico

–Elizabeth Hanes

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