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This post is primarily focused on my trip to the Colorado Springs utilities demonstration garden near Garden of the Gods. I got this editorial off the gardenvisit web site:
The Colorado Springs Utilities Xeriscape Garden is designed to demonstrate the seven principles of Xeriscape in a wide variety of designs. The garden incorporates many different gardens styles that are arranged by water requirement so visitors can get a good idea of what styles can be achieved and what plants will thrive with different amounts of water. The garden displays more than 500 varieties of trees, shrubs, grasses, perennials, biennials and annuals that grow well in the Colorado Springs area.
Throughout the garden there are several stations explaining the seven principles of xeriscape.
1. Plan and Design 2. Soil Amendment 3. Efficient Irrigation 4. Appropriate plant and zone selection 5. Mulch 6. Alternative turf 7. Maintenance. Xeriscape programs were initiated to save water in areas that are beginning to run out of water resources and need to conserve.
I really don't want to turn this into an encyclopedia post so I will leave a link for more info if you want to be more informed. Personally the main xeriscape principle for me is proper plant and water/light zone selection.
These three photos were taken 'outside' the main garden, by the parking lot and water utilities office.
The garden is broken into light/water zones and labeled as such. These plants are in the Moderate Water Zone. Most everything is labeled well and explanatory
The garden is located just above the Garden of the Gods park, what a background for a garden!
Does that wet you appetite? More on Part II