The Water Conservation Garden has nearly six acres of displays that showcase water conservation through a series of beautiful themed gardens, such as a native plant garden and a vegetable garden, as well as how-to displays such as mulch and irrigation exhibits. The Garden also features a native butterfly pavilion that is open spring and summer each year. Plan your visit and get tickets here.
The Water Conservation Garden is composed of a series of demonstration garden spaces that showcase drought-tolerant plants from around the world and the many different garden styles possible with this expansive plant palette.
All aspects of water-smart gardening for the Southern California region are covered in our exhibits. Plants from the xeric eco-regions of the world are represented including California, South Africa, Australia, Chile, and the Mediterranean. Water-efficient gardening tips and techniques are demonstrated throughout our 6-acre campus. Detailed water-wise gardening protocols are provided in our Landscape & Garden Resources page. Come by and check us out! The Garden can be a learning laboratory for the dedicated gardener, a delightful place for an afternoon stroll, or a place to gather lots of information about water-wise, or California-Friendly® gardening.
The Water Conservation Garden also makes a stunning garden wedding or private event venue. This beautiful property features endless Mediterranean flora that provides a wonderful background for your wedding and wedding photos. The Garden accommodates everything from intimate elopements to grand wedding soirees. We invite you to create the celebration of your dreams that is uniquely you within this scenic venue! Learn more here.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Calendar of Happenings
Wednesday, January 18 @ 9:30 a.m. Catch a heartwarming storytime and nature craft with the magical Ms. Smarty-Plants™.
Virtually on Zoom
Lookin’ Swale! Series 2023
Wednesday, January 25 at 3-4pm – Virtually on ZOOM
Regenerate your landscape with techniques and strategies that can be used on any scale.
Saturday, January 28 at 10 – 11:30 a.m.
At the Community Garden in La Mesa with Brook Sarson of CatchingH20. Learn best ways to catch water and divert into your landscape – with and without the barrel. FREE for Helix Water District customers and residents of La Mesa.
Visit The Water Conservation Garden
2122 Cuyamaca College Drive West
El Cajon, CA 92019
2122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon, CA