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COPPELL, Tex. – An evolution of the annual Smartscape Tour of Coppell, the Sustainable Home and Garden Tour will expand to include features such as solar, rain water catchments, compost methods, and backyard habitats in addition to Smartscape design. This casual self-guided yard tour will take place on Saturday, October 1st from 8 a.m. to noon.

The idea is to provide people the opportunity to talk to homeowners casually about the real impact of investing in features that can be both beneficial to the environment and cost saving. City of Coppell Community Programs Coordinator, Molly Bujanda says, “In our environmental education classes we find that people are curious about the costs of investing in alternative energy or water wise irrigation, but don’t necessarily want to get this information from a company who has an interest in selling the idea. The tour will allow people to compare something like the cost of renting vs. purchasing solar in an environment that feels like talking to a neighbor.”

Each home will boast diverse highlights. Tour-goers will be able to attend all stops or pick and choose the locations that are most relevant to their interests. The features will include but are not limited to rented and purchased solar, shade gardens, water wise and habitat friendly native landscape designs, vegetable gardens, and smart irrigation. People who visit all stops will have the opportunity to complete a scavenger hunt that will qualify them to win a rain barrel or compost bin from the City of Coppell.

Keep Coppell Beautiful’s new spin on the Smartscape Tour offers a fun day exploring local gardens that will inspire greener living. To attend, no registration or payment is required. Simply collect your map from Helping Hands Garden, 255 Parkway Blvd. (next to Town Center) on Saturday, October 1st between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The first 100 people will receive a green living giveaway.

For more information, visit www.coppellcommunitygarden.org.

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