The Water Conservation Garden

The Water Conservation Garden is nearly six acres of themed gardens and education displays. It showcases the beauty of water efficient landscaping with Mediterranean and California native plants and trees.

What the Garden Offers


The Water Conservation Garden allows homeowners to see and experience the beauty of a fully-grown, water-efficient landscape. It hosts a variety of plants, large shrubs and tall trees.


In our recent survey, 57 percent of Helix customers who visited the Water Conservation Garden said they went home and used ideas from the garden in their own landscape.

Weekend Workshops

The Water Conservation Garden hosts workshops almost every weekend. They teach homeowners about landscape design, soil, plants, irrigation and gardening.

Ms. Smarty Plants

Ms. Smarty Plants’ school assemblies teach K-6 students why conservation is important and how to do it. About 6,000 students in Helix’s service area attend her assemblies each year.


The Fall Plant Sale and Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival attract thousands to The Water Conservation Garden each year. Tomatomania and the garden’s other, smaller events are just as good!

About the Garden

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday

12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West in El Cajon


Butterfly Pavilion
Cactus and Succulent Garden
Native Habitat Garden
Water-Wise Victory Garden
White Garden
Sensory Garden
Backyard Makeover Exhibit
Mulch Exhibit
Turf Exhibit
Erosion Exhibit
Container Garden Exhibit
Permeable Pavement Exhibit

Leashed, friendly dogs welcome

There is a docent-led, guided tour of The Water Conservation Garden on the first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. Or explore the garden’s website.


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