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Xeriscape gardening is becoming more of a trend to the modern gardener who is concerned with dwindling sources of water and busy lifestyles that hinder spending too much time maintaining a garden. The key to this is landscaping with drought-tolerant and native plant species. Plants populating this western-most section of the Discovery Garden were chosen for their ability to thrive, once established, in tough conditions - for their low water usage, and their potential to add beauty and diversity to any landscape

The visitor will marvel at the diversity of plants in form and species, and learn how to group them together to add interest and color. Among those selected are varieties of ornamental grasses; perennials such as yarrow, lavenders, euphorbias, artemesia, and ceanothis; different types of trees, shrubs and conifers such as hebe, barberry, Mexican orange, cistus, crape myrtle, maple trees, larch, smoke bush, and shore pines. A sedum/succulent mound was established, into which varieties of alpine plants will also be incorporated.

The Xeriscape Garden was established in 2004 by a committee of four Master Gardeners: Anne Waddington, Irene Thomason, Judi Danielson and Gloria Amorde.