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Go Gardening Show Kicks Off Season Two
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Welcome to Season Two of Go Gardening, a project that is being produced by Gardening Volunteers of South Texas and Trinity Glen Rose Groundwater Conservation District (TGR).

Go Gardening is also made possible through our sponsors San Antonio Water System and San Antonio River Authority.

Watch the Season Two Premier here.

We hope you learned a lot about enhancing your landscapes in Season One of the Go Gardening show, and we're looking forward to bringing you lots more gardening know-how in 2023. You can now watch all previous episodes on GVST's YouTube channel.


Because we're still in a typical South Texas winter season, our Season Two premier takes you to a great couple of winter garden landscapes filled with native plants. The garden owners explain how they installed these landscapes, how they maintain them and how to get ready for the spring blooming season. And, because Texas wildflowers always add vibrant color to a yard, our great partner Haeley Giambalvo with showed us how she is preparing now for the spring wildflower bloom. ​

In partnering with the Trinity Glen Rose District, you will notice that a consistent message about water conservation and the importance of protecting our water resources runs throughout the segments. Here's why.

“There are still too many turf-grass heavy landscapes in San Antonio, and especially in the Trinity Glen Rose District’s area which is mainly found in Northern Bexar County outside of Loop 1604,” said TGR Assistant General Manager Amanda Maloukis. “In those types of landscapes, water poured on a yard can account for 60 percent or more of a home’s monthly water use. However, if that same homeowner would convert most of the turf to water-saving native plants and flowers, most of that excess water could be saved. That’s not only great for the homeowner’s water bill, but it also helps protect our local aquifers like the Trinity Aquifer our district is responsible for managing in this area. We see being involved in creating great content on water conservation like Go Gardening is essential to our mission in the preserving of the Trinity Aquifer over time. We hope everyone will take the time to watch the show, and then put the water conservation messages into practice.”

If you have any suggestions or questions for the show, contact us here.

It's Home and Garden Show Time! February 24-26
Get Your Special Discount Ticket Promo Code
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The San Antonio Home & Garden Show is one of San Antonio's most anticipated shows all year, and you will find what you need to solve all your projects in one place in one weekend!  You’ll find the latest products and services for your home and landscape: builders, remodelers, contractors, building materials, decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage solutions, all kinds of plants, landscape displays, kitchenware, home accessories and so much more!


As a member of GVST, you can us our discount ticket code toward show entry. This code is good for 1 complimentary ticket per transaction.  You can redeem an unlimited number of tickets, but the code can only be used one time at a time.

The promo code is the word GARDEN.


To redeem your ticket(s) you can simply follow the link, and it will take them straight to the purchasing page:


Or you can go to their  website and click "buy tickets" at the upper right corner and type in the promo code GARDEN in the promo code field. 

Make Plans for the City's Historic Homeowner Fair
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Join the City of San Antonio on Saturday, February 11, 2023, from 10:00am - 2:00pm for the 14th Annual Historic Homeowner Fair, a free annual event that brings together owners and occupants of aging and historic homes with local professionals, services, and solutions to care for and maintain their properties.

The Historic Homeowner Fair is a FREE event with educational sessions and an exhibit hall full of products and services you may need to maintain your home. Join us on February 11, 2023!

Interested in a FREE tree? The City's Parks and Recreation Department is providing a tree to the first 300 Historic Homeowner Fair attendees. Grab a tree while supplies last!  

SAWS Outdoor Living Rebate
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This program helps customers replace a section of lawn with a new deck, or permeable patio created with flagstone, steppingstones, or pavers. Previously constructed or current under-construction decks and patios are not eligible. The rebate ranges from $300 to $1,000, depending how much grass is removed (minimum 200 square feet required). After work is complete and approved, you’ll get a cash rebate!  Combine all four programs — Outdoor Living RebateIrrigation Design RebateWaterSaver Landscape Coupon and Rewards Coupons — and you can stretch your budget to make significant landscape transformations to save water and money!

Find out more at this SAWS Garden Style link.

Liven Up your Landscape with SAWS WaterSaver Landscape Coupons
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SAWS residential customers may apply for up to four $100 WaterSaver coupons to replace part of the water-guzzling grass in your landscape with lush, drought-tolerant garden beds. That’s a whopping $400 in savings!

Make your landscape dreams a reality with radiant plants like salvia, mistflower, cenizo and this region’s stalwart, mountain laurel and much, much more. Once established these water-efficient plants will not only look great year-round, but also help you conserve water and save money on your water bill.

For more details click here:

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