LEXI HIGH, manager at Green Valley Nursery and Landscape, with pug Suzie Q at her side, shows a soil blend with rice hulls and sawdust to help retain moisture.
JULIET VOIGTLANDER, left, and Chris Aycock talk with the Mountain Democrat about gardening in a drought year.
KRISTIE LAMB, left, and Wes Kohutek of Front Yard Nursery say the helianthemum, or sunrose, is a colorful and water wise shrub that grows well in our foothills climate.
WATERING CANS hang on display at Front Yard Nursery on Motherlode Drive.
GARDEN DESIGNER Sandy Hendricks talks about herb varieties, such as thyme, that don't require much irrigation.
EL DORADO NURSERY Manager Chris Aycock spot waters petunias, a practice that helps the Shingle Springs business conserve water as opposed to overhead automated watering systems commonly used in larger nurseries. Democrat photos by Krysten Kellum