Attributes of good xeriscape education gardens include plant labels, interpretive materials like brochures and plant lists, hydrozoning, ease of public access, and availability of knowledgeable staff to provide interpretation. Feedback from visitors to the garden owners/managers is encouraged.
Plant Select® is another resource for learning about plants that thrive in Colorado, and most are xeric. Plant Select® showcase gardens across the West are listed at their website.
In Colorado, we're fortunate to have a wealth of xeriscape garden examples. Listed below are gardens along the Front Range. If you know of a garden that is not represented here, please contact Colorado Waterwise.
Aurora Water-wise Garden 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012
Broomfield Xeriscape Demonstration Garden 1 DesCombes Dr., Broomfield, CO 80020
Colorado Springs: Mesa Xeriscape Demonstration Garden 2855 Mesa Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Colorado Springs: Cottonwood Creek Park Xeriscape Demonstration Garden 3920 Dublin Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Fort Collins Xeriscape Demonstration Garden 300 Laporte Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80521
Fort Collins: The Gardens on Spring Creek 2145 Centre Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80526
Greeley Water Conservation Garden 2503 Reservoir Rd., Greeley, CO 80631
Loveland Service Center Xeriscape Garden 200 N. Wilson Ave., Loveland, CO 80537
Northern Water Conservation Gardens 220 Water Ave., Berthoud, CO 80513
Thornton: Margaret Carpenter Xeriscape Demonstration Garden 11151 Colorado Blvd., Thornton, CO 80233
Thornton: Fire Station 5 14051 Colorado Blvd., Thornton, CO 80241