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Denver Botanic Gardens’ commitment to water conservation
With outdoor water use accounting for more than half of Denver’s water consumption, water-efficient gardening can help conserve this precious resource. Denver Botanic Gardens identified sustainability as a core value with this in mind – educating our community on how to design and maintain a beautiful garden with plants that are appropriate for a semi-arid climate. From the way we irrigate to the plants we feature in our gardens, we try to set an example of good water management.
Seeking inspiration for water-efficient gardening?
We’ll continue to showcase water-efficient gardening practices. Denver Botanic Gardens tries to lead by example when it comes to efficient irrigation and appropriate plant selection for this climate – with perhaps our best examples being the Roads Water-Smart Garden and the Western Panoramas Garden at our York Street location. Several gardens – the Laura Smith Porter Plains Garden, Anna’s Overlook and Dryland Mesa – are not irrigated at all. We urge homeowners to visit the Gardens throughout the spring and summer to get tips on how to practice water-efficient gardening in their own yards. And an expanded offering of classes and seminars will provide even more opportunities to become water-wise!
Additional water-conservation resources
In championing water conservation, Denver Botanic Gardens collaborates with many organizations. These include:
- Alliance for Water Efficiency: In 2011, Denver Botanic Gardens became the first public garden member of this national stakeholder-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water.
- Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association: CNGA works in collaboration with the nursery and greenhouse industry of Colorado in implementing industry best management practices.
- Metropolitan State University’s One World One Water Center: The Gardens is working with MSU’s OWOW Center on a range of education and awareness initiatives.
- Plant Select: Denver Botanic Gardens co-founded Plant Select to help seek out, identify and distribute the best plants for landscapes and gardens from the intermountain region to the high plains.
- Sterling Ranch: Denver Botanic Gardens has helped this water-efficiency-minded residential development in the creation of a low-water-use demonstration garden.
- Here is an article that was in the Denver Post about the drought--three questions and answers from the water conservation manager for Denver Water.
- Denver Water Mile High Water Talk, post by Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, marketing and PR director at the Gardens. Visit the Gardens next summer for water-wise gardening inspiration.