Curator’s Corner: Speaking of Water…

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in the snow

With five feet of snow covering the gardens, spring and summer may seem far away, but this winter has been an exciting and busy one for the horticulture staff. This spring, a new water smart dryland garden will be built adjacent to the Education Center along West Betty Ford Way. With the ever increasing water demand and shrinking water supply happening in the Mountain West, garden landscapes need to adapt and use less water supplied from our precious water resources. With the addition of 1,300 perennials, trees and shrubs, this new garden will demonstrate how to landscape sustainably using colorful perennials that bloom from spring through fall. The vision is to build this garden with plants who will need limited irrigation as they establish and be maintained with natural rainfall in the summers.

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