Rancho California Water District invites public to tour new demonstration garden

Rancho Water District’s new demonstration garden opened following a ribbon-cutting on October 2. Photo provided by Rancho Water District.

Rancho California Water District invites the public to tour its new demonstration garden, featuring dozens of water-efficient plants, trees, and groundcovers displayed in 12 themed landscapes throughout the property. 

The garden is open to the public at all times at Rancho Water’s main office, 42135 Winchester Rd, Temecula. Visitors can pick up a garden map brochure for a self-guided tour of the front entry, sidewalk, and courtyard gardens.

The demonstration garden offers the public a number of ways to transform their landscape into a sustainable, low-water-use space. Designed by McCabe’s Landscape Construction, a dozen different garden plots have been created to give visitors ideas of what might work best at their home or business. 

The garden themes include Cottage, Desert, Mediterranean, Coastal, Wine Country, Woodland, Modern Farmhouse, and Moon Garden. Within the twelve concepts, more than sixty different plant types can be found including Kurapia, a water-wise groundcover that is quickly becoming a popular replacement for lawns.

“Rancho Water is excited to present our newly designed demonstration garden,” Rancho Water General Manager Robert Grantham said. “We remain committed to providing pathways for water efficiency while maintaining the beauty of our community. This new educational center is intended to offer practical ideas and spark creativity as our customers redesign their own landscapes.”  

The garden opened to the public following a ribbon-cutting event on Monday, October 2. The event was in partnership with the State of California’s Save Our Water campaign and the Temecula and Murrieta-Wildomar Chambers of Commerce. City and county leaders, community groups, and water officials from across the region joined Temecula and Murrieta residents and business owners for the ribbon-cutting and guided tours of the garden. 

Future plans for the garden include open houses, water workshops, educational field trips, and continuing to update the landscapes with new water-efficient alternatives to high-water-use plants and lawns.

For more information about the demonstration garden, visit For additional water-saving tips and to find available yard transformation rebates, visit

Photo provided by Rancho Water District.
Photo provided by Rancho Water District.

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