In 1981, the Denver Water Utility created a new landscaping word: xeriscape (The Greek word xeri means dry, plus scape from landscape) in an effort to educate residents on their role in preserving the West’s limited water resources.
To show how it can be done Denver Water, Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado and other organizations dedicated to green gardening created a xeriscape garden, open to the public since 1982, surrounding the utility’s administration building. The garden has tripled in size since and includes more than 200 species of flowers, grasses, turf, shrubs and trees.
The garden is free and open to the public 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. A second, off-site xeriscape demonstration garden is located in Stapleton’s Central Park, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Parking is available at E. 33rd Ave. and Alton Court.