Natives for Newcomers

This Saturday, October 28 is the 12th Annual Desert Garden Community Day, our yearly free event at UCR Palm Desert. One of our featured talks is Natives for Newcomers, creating space for birds, butterflies and me by Tracy Merrigan.

For Newcomers and Long-term Residents Alike

This class is for newcomers to our valley and long-term residents alike who may want to bring more color into their gardens. Tracy will share some of her favorite blooming plants for a desert garden, plants that give you a lot of the bloom for the buck and are easier to take care of. Tracy’s endless enthusiasm for gardening is catching and she loves sharing her knowledge and lifelong learning.


“Just because we live in a desert, it doesn’t mean our yards have to look dried out and beige. This is a class for newcomers to our valley and long-term residents alike on flowering plants that can thrive in our local environment, can be colorful in your garden, host our native wildlife and help conserve water. And flowers are not just for springtime, plants native to our and neighboring desert communities can provide interest and color throughout the year with some planning. Learn more about 10 favorite natives for my desert garden and how to create a habitat for yourself, your plants and our wildlife to enjoy.”

Dedicated to Her Community

Tracy Merrigan is Vice President of the Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley and is their Chair of Desert Garden Community Day. Tracy is a University of California CoopExt Master Gardener. She is experienced in various gardening styles from New England perennial borders, to city courtyards, to coastal Mediterranean and now desert-adapted garden styles. Tracy is a Public Arts Commissioner for the city of Palm Springs where she is also a green realtor with HOM Sotheby’s International Realty.

Tracy’s garden heroes are her husband, Mario and Roberto Burle Marx, the father of Brazilian landscape design.

Follow me on Instagram @HomesbyTracy.

Contact Tracy below.


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