Xeriscape landscaping, quality landscaping that conserves water and protects the environment, is the most exciting concept to hit the landscape industry in decades. The term Xeriscape was coined in Denver, Colorado in 1978. Whether called Xeriscape, water-wise or water-smart landscaping, landscape and water industry professionals throughout the nation have embraced landscape water conservation through education.
There are three planting demonstration plots, each featuring plantings with low water use plants that use similar amounts of water. One plot will have very low water use, another with low water use, and the last with moderate water use. These plots each feature a tree and different specimen plants that will grow well in our climate.
The ultimate goal of this project is to have an education tool that can be used by the community as well as the schools to demonstrate that xeric planting can be utilized at their homes and businesses to conserve water and beautify our city. The plants in the plots have been purchased from local greenhouses so that anyone who uses these plots will be able to find these plants and use them in their own landscape.
Plot 1 – Very Low Water Use
Supplemental water once a month
Plot 2 – Low Water Use
Supplemental water twice a month
Plot 3 – Moderate Water Use
Supplemental water once a week