Visiting a xeriscape demonstration garden, which showcases low-water-use plants, is an excellent way to get new and innovative ideas for your home landscape. You won’t have to travel far, as a number of the Water – Use It Wisely partners feature unique demonstration gardens right in your own community. Plan your visit today to one of the many demonstration gardens throughout Arizona.
As you plan your landscape, whether you are starting from scratch or just looking to add new plants, your local xeriscape demonstration garden is one of the best design resources. They provide practical, first-hand examples of plants and plant combinations at their mature size. Many of the gardens also have shady places to enjoy a picnic lunch, so plan to spend some time exploring and enjoying the surroundings as you build ideas for your home landscape. Visit again as the seasons change to get an idea of how the plants look at different times of the year.
You will discover creative ways to use low-water-use plants to conserve water resources and save money at the same time. Be sure to bring a notepad and a camera or smartphone for your garden visit. You can then take the photos of the plants you loved to the plant nursery near you. As the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words!”
Many xeriscape gardens have signage and guided tours that can help you identify the plants. For instance, visit the Glendale Xeriscape Demonstration Garden on Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Take a leisurely stroll through the garden that surrounds the Glendale Main Library. City of Glendale Water Services staff will share a brief history of the garden, followed by a guided tour. We recommend wearing close-toed shoes, a hat, and sunglasses. To register for this workshop, and to see a listing of guided tours or other classes offered by the Water – Use It Wisely Partners, visit our events calendar.