The 10-acre teaching garden at the Aurora Municipal Center demonstrates the diversity and colorful displays possible in a low-water garden.
The garden was established in 2002 on gentle hills next to the city’s municipal building. It is open daily year-round during daylight hours.
Signage identifies the plants and explains how they fit with the principles of xeriscape gardening. Blooms color the garden from May through November and include beauties like Mrs. Scheeper’s Tulip, purple leaf sand cherry, white lilac, wooly veronica, Wood’s rose, Jackman Potentilla, blanketflower and columbine.
The city expands that information with free classes on designing, preparing and maintaining a home xeriscape garden, taught in the garden or online.