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Visit conservation gardens, backyard ponds

The Jordan Valley Water Conservation Gardens are at 8215 S. 1300 West in West Jordan. Hours are daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Visit on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and talk to local vendors about native plants, sprinkler suppliers and other garden product information.

For a list of the plant materials and for more information on the Conservation Gardens log onto www.jvwcd.org.

To schedule a free water check or find out about the water conservation classes call the toll-free "slow-the-flow hotline" at 1-877-728-3420.

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m.: Find out from Gayle Allen how to use decorative grasses to improve your garden. The complimentary talk is part of the Garden Talks in the Park at Brigham Young Historical Park in downtown Salt Lake City. For more information, call 240-5916.

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5: Fishing around for ideas for a backyard pond? Look at how other people incorporated waterfalls, streams and footbridges, not to mention a fish or two, in their landscapes at the Parade of Ponds. The self-guided tour will take you to residential and commercial "water features" in Salt Lake and Utah counties. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days with a smaller Saturday night tour from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets are free and available at garden centers in both counties. The event is sponsored by Bratt Water Features. Call 785-8011 in Utah County and 562-2677 in Salt Lake County for ticket locations.