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Going the extra 'yard' for conservation

What's old is new again, and when reaching back into the vault of good ideas, the Woman's Club of Indio found an outstanding one: the Yard of the Month, evidence of which exists far back into the Club's 108 year history!

"We really wanted to encourage the beautification of our city and get our name out in the community," said Woman's Club President Mickie Reed. "The results were unexpectedly fantastic. It is so touching to see how truly happy these hardworking homeowners are to be recognized, and we are so proud that our City noticed our efforts and reached out to collaborate with us."

Earlier this fall, the Woman's Club teamed up with the City of Indio and the Indio Water Authority to expand the Yard of the month recognition program with an emphasis on water conservation.

"It is a win-win for our club and the City of Indio, as we get our club name on signs throughout the city, encourage beautification, show recognition to very deserving homeowners and help the environment to boot," said Reed. "It has proven to be a very successful program."

In addition to a Certificate of Recognition, and two tickets to the Coachella Valley History Museum, winners will have the honor of displaying a sign on their yard and will receive a free Conservation Kit.

To nominate a beautiful sustainable yard, email