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Visit Lake Tahoe's Demonstration Gardens

TitleVisit Lake Tahoe's Demonstration Gardens
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2004-10-19
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment # 89: "Demonstration Garden" (Air Date: October 19, 2004). An overview of the Demonstration Garden at Tahoe Community College, which teaches about important principles and techniques for landscaping and gardening in Lake Tahoe."
SubjectGardens -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2005-03-14
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 89: Demonstration Garden Air Date: October 19, 2004 Tease: @ 20:19 "The trees are starting to show their color. I'm Shelly Purdy, I'll take you on a tour of the Demonstration Garden tucked into the Lake Tahoe Community College…coming up on the Lake Tahoe Report." Anchor Intro: There are two demonstration gardens at Lake Tahoe, one at Sierra Nevada College on the north shore and one at the Lake Tahoe Community College on the south shore. In tonight's lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy takes us to the South Lake Tahoe garden and explains what it's there for. ((TAKE PKG)) ((track 1)) The garden is full of fall color this time of year. It's a quiet, peaceful place to walk or sit and relax. But aside from its aesthetic value, the garden has an educational purpose. ((sot @ 8:16 Eric Larson, Backyard Conservation Program Coordinator)) "The main purpose is the garden is to demonstrate important principles and techniques for landscaping and gardening in Lake Tahoe." ((track 2)) Because it's not always easy to grow things at Tahoe. Some of the challenges include a short growing season, sandy soils and high altitude. The demonstration garden is used to provide examples and acts as a place to workshops. ((sot @ 15:42)) "We hold workshops on native and adaptive landscaping. We hold workshops on appropriate low flow irrigation systems using drip lines and micro sprays and we also hold BMP workshops." ((s/u @ 19:25 Shelly Purdy)) "A demonstration garden like this is a great place for people to come and see specific examples of BMP's, planting techniques and vegetation to put in a landscape." ((sot @ 11:49)) "The BMP demonstration portion really goes into detail on what people can do to protect lake clarity including controlling soil erosion and runoff that eventually gets down and adds pollutants to the lake." ((track 3)) In the BMP section of the demonstration garden you'll find several examples of alternatives to a typical pavement driveway. There's a new material called porous concrete and several examples of pavers all of which allow water to infiltrate into the soil. ((sot @ 14:02)) "Up here is an example of a typical house, It just shows the roof of course and on the sides we have some bed planting in there." ((track 4)) And an example of a gravel trench all designed to infiltrate water into the ground. The purpose is to show people how to make their homes look beautiful while at the same time use landscaping techniques designed to control erosion and protect Lake Tahoe. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. Anchor Tag: The demonstration garden on the Sierra Nevada College campus at Incline Village is currently in the process of being moved to the college's new location. It should be open to the public next spring.

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