Local residents invited to xeriscape garden series starting March 5
Resource Central and local water providers invite public to free seminars on how to replace thirsty lawns with water-saving gardens
DENVER METRO – 2/27/2018 – As Colorado’s dry winter brings more sunshine than snow, local residents are invited to attend one of the upcoming Water-Wise Landscape Seminars around metro Denver region. Resource Central, a nonprofit based in Boulder, is offering the free educational sessions to support regional conservation efforts in collaboration with local water providers.
Despite recent flurries, Colorado’s snowpack is currently low, 10-30% below average, though basins that flow to the metro Denver region are doing better than other parts of the state. Low snow levels indicate greater risk of drought as the snow melts into rivers and reservoirs used by local communities.
The Water-Wise Seminar topics include: how to transform your lawn into a xeriscape garden, expert tips and tricks, veggie gardening, and creating a pollinator-friendly landscape. Sessions begin March 5 and are scheduled for Golden, Arvada, Thornton, Brighton, Lafayette, Erie and other locations around metro Denver. The seminars are taught by local landscape and garden experts.
The nonprofit’s popular Garden In A Box program also launches on March 5. Gardens include an assortment of drought-tolerant plants and flowers that can reduce outdoor water use by up to 60%. To encourage local residents to participate, many water providers throughout the region are offering $25 discounts.
“Water is a limited resource and lawns are surprisingly thirsty – soaking up half of the typical family’s water use,” said Neal Lurie, president of Resource Central. “We designed our Water-Wise Seminars and low-water gardens to make it easy to conserve water and save money.”
There are five new Garden In A Box kits this year, with a big focus on colors and pollinators including: Hummingbird Delight, Butterfly Bounty, and Purple Reign. Additional kits focus on vegetable gardens, shaded areas, and sun-loving flowers.
“We’ve seen a shift in the community towards low-water landscaping,” added Devon Booth, water program manager at Resource Central. “People tell us that they want to spend less time mowing lawns and are seeking native plants that are colorful and low-maintenance. That’s where we can help.”
The Garden In A Box program has tripled in size during the past four years. One of the largest programs of its kind in the United States, Garden In A Box has helped families in Boulder County and across Colorado transition more than 1.4 million square feet of land to beautiful, low-water landscaping. This initiative has saved more than 100 million gallons of water since the program started in 1997.
Water-Wise Seminars are free and open to the public. See the full calendar of seminars and locations at: ResourceCentral.org/seminars. Learn more about the Garden In A Box program at: ResourceCentral.org/gardens. All gardens are Colorado-grown, pollinator-friendly, and available for pickup starting in May.
About Resource Central:
Founded in 1976, Resource Central is an innovative nonprofit dedicated to putting conservation into action. Its programs have helped nearly 500,000 families save water, reduce waste, and conserve energy. Learn more at ResourceCentral.org.