The Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District (SECWCD) Demonstration Xeriscape Garden has earned the distinction of being both a Plant Select and a Habitat Hero Garden. The Demonstration Xeriscape Garden is situated on three acres surrounding the SECWCD office near the Pueblo Municipal Airport, just east of downtown Pueblo. Visitors are welcome seven days a week.
The garden is set up to help educate visitors about the techniques of water wise gardening. While walking through the garden a visitor can pick up plant lists and information on how the different areas are irrigated. The garden also contains an experimental grass plot area with ten different types of turf grass. Native grass lawns also surround the garden, which demonstrate the characteristics of various lawn seed mixes. The garden showcases many beautiful plants that flourish in southeastern Colorado and the principles of xeriscaping are demonstrated throughout. There are many native plants used in the garden as well as regionally adapted ones. The SECWCD Demonstration Xeriscape Garden tests the many plants recommended by the Plant Select Program and these will be labeled as such in the garden.
Throughout the garden, birds and native pollinators are encouraged and protected by providing shelter, food sources, and water for them. You may also see checkered whiptail lizards, foxes, and rabbits while strolling around the SECWCD Demonstration Xeriscape Garden.