Visiting Demonstration Gardens for Ideas

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.

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

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.
Garden with rock walls, paved walkways, and a stone gazebo
Hardscape ideas Photo credit: Susan Buffler


Additional Resources:

US Botanical Gardens


California – The Living Desert

Colorado – Denver Botanic Gardens

Nevada – I Love – List of Nevada Gardens

Utah Public Gardens

Utah Botanical Center


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