Visiting Demonstration Gardens for Ideas

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape September 22, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

Xeriscape demonstration garden and water retention area in Scottsdale, Arizona
Photo credit: Patrick Lewis Flickr CC BY 2.0

  Hardscape ideas
Photo credit: Susan Buffler

Visiting demonstration gardens is a great way to get ideas on how to design and maintain a water-wise garden.  Many of these demonstration gardens showcase plants and sometimes wildlife that are adapted to your specific region. 

Elements displayed at demonstration gardens include:

  • How to create a garden with seasonal interest
  • Woodland gardens
  • Edible gardens
  • Traditional and non-traditional design ideas
  • Examples of mulches and hardscapes
  • Ways to create inviting outdoor living spaces. 

Additional Resources:

US Botanical Gardens


California - The Living Desert

Colorado - Denver Botanic Gardens

Nevada - I Love - List of Nevada Gardens

Utah Water Conservation Forum: Demonstration Gardens

Utah Botanical Center

Utah - Red Butte Garden

Utah - Ogden Botanical Center 

Utah - Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District (JWCD) Conservation Garden Park


Arizona - Tohono Chul Park

Arizona - Desert Botanical Garden

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum      

New Mexico - City of Albuquerque Botanic  Garden (Biopark Botanic Garden)

Texas - Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.