water conservation arizona landscape plants
DEMONSTRATION GARDENS

As you plan your landscape, don't overlook one of the best design resources -- the local xeriscape demonstration gardens. They provide practical, first-hand examples of plants and plant combinations, and many gardens have signage or tours available that identify the plants.

Many of the gardens also have shady places to enjoy a picnic lunch, so plan to spend some time exploring and enjoying the surroundings as you build ideas for your home landscape.

Visit again as the seasons change to get an idea of how the plants look at different times of the year.






Chandler Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
 Chandler Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
Northwest Corner of Erie Street and Arrowhead Dr.
Chandler, Arizona
http://www.chandleraz.gov
Map: Mapquest Map

Chandler Hummingbird Habitat
 Chandler Hummingbird Habitat
601 N. Desert Breeze Blvd. West
Chandler, Arizona
SW corner of Desert Breeze Park
Map: Mapquest Map

Gilbert Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch
 Gilbert Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch
2757 E. Guadalupe Road
Gilbert, Arizona
Phone: (480) 503-6744
http://www.riparianinstitute.org
The Gilbert Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch was opened in 1999. This facility was designed primarily from a water resource perspective where 1.4 Billion gallons of treated reclaimed water are recharging the aquifer every year. In addition to this mission it has also been designed as a 110 acre park where the public can enjoy a wide variety of passive recreational activities. A highlight of the park is the many bird species that can be found there and it has been officially recognized by the Audubon Society creating a true gem in the Sonoran Desert.

Glendale Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
 Glendale Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
Glendale Public Library 5959 West Brown Street
Glendale, Arizona
http://gecko.gc.maricopa.edu/glendalelibrary/
This award-winning xeriscape garden contains over 400 species desert-adapted native and non-native plants. Signs identify many of the plants, and there is a free audio tour available.
Map: Mapquest Map

Mesa Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
 Mesa Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
Mesa Community College 1833 W. Southern Ave.
Mesa, Arizona
http://www.mesaaz.gov/conservation/mcc_demo_garden.aspx
Working together, the City of Mesa, Mesa Community College and the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation recently completed a series of enhancements to the garden including new plants, improved educational signage, an updated irrigation system and an improved self-guided tour feature.
Map: Mapquest Map

Peoria Desert Fusion Garden
 Peoria Desert Fusion Garden
8401 W Monroe Street
Peoria, Arizona 85345
Phone: (623) 773-7286
http://www.peoriaaz.gov
Peoria's Desert Fusion Garden is an award-winning garden certified as a Natural Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Five separate areas were designed to encourage people to rethink preconceived ideas of what low-water-use landscaping looks like, ultimately helping citizens understand what Xeriscape is and is not. The Garden reveals that color, dimension, creativity, and even turf can work harmoniously together to create a beautiful low-water-use landscape.
Map: Mapquest Map

Desert Botanical Garden
 Desert Botanical Garden
1201 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, Arizona 85008
Phone: (480) 941-1225
http://www.dbg.org
The Desert Botanical Garden has more than a thousand different cacti and other unusual plants from the arid lands of the world, growing in a beautiful natural desert setting.
Map: Mapquest Map

UofA Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
 UofA Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
4341 E. Broadway Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85040
Phone: 602-470-8086
http://cals.arizona.edu/maricopa/garden/
Cared for by Maricopa County Master Gardeners, this mature garden features desert adapted plants, extensive vegetable gardens, a comprehensive herb garden cared for by the Arizona Herb Association, rose garden and turf examples. The garden is open during daylight hours.
Map: Mapquest Map

Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park
 Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park
Southeast corner of Hayden and McDonald
Scottsdale, Arizona
Phone: 480-312-5659
http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Water/Conservation/Garden
Hidden from the street, this expansive 5.5-acre garden is nestled behind the dog park and baseball fields of Chaparral Park and is open for self-guided walking tours during regular park hours. Visitors can learn about desert-friendly landscaping and see plants that are both beautiful and water thrifty. Follow the main path through the garden to Terraced Cascade, the stunning environmental art piece by Lorna Jordan.
Map: Mapquest Map

Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum
 Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum
37615 U.S. Highway 60
Superior, Arizona 85273
Phone: (520) 689-2811
http://cals.arizona.edu/BTA
Located on Highway 60 East, 3 miles west of Superior, Arizona

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum is a historic as well as beautiful desert garden. Plants are studied for drought tolerance, usefulness to people, and landscaping potential. Nature trails wind through 35 acres of grounds. business office (520) 689-2723
Map: Mapquest Map

Tempe Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
 Tempe Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
Located on the Northeast corner of College Avenue and Weber Drive
Tempe, Arizona
Phone: (480) 350-2668
http://tempe.gov/
Located at Tempe Woman's Club Park, this xeriscape garden highlights both Sonoran and Mediterranean plant palettes and provides practical ideas for backyards and workplaces. The garden also features an area that attracts hummingbirds.
Map: Mapquest Map

Dine College Demonstration Garden
 
1 Circle Drive
Tsaile, Arizona 86556-006
http://www.dinecollege.edu/index.php
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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
 
2021 N. Kinney Rd.
Tucson, Arizona
Phone: (520) 883-2702
http://www.desertmuseum.org
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Tohono Chul Park
 
7366 N. Paseo del Norte
Tucson, Arizona
Phone: (520) 742-6455
http://www.tohonochulpark.org/gardens.html
Map: Mapquest Map

Tucson Botanical Gardens
 
2150 N. Alvernon Way
Tucson, Arizona
Phone: (520) 326-9686
http://www.tucsonbotanical.org
Map: Mapquest Map