Events and Resources

There are many opportunities to learn more about water wise gardening in Colorado. Keep up to date on horticultural events in Colorado by using the links for calendars and information below. There are several books that will help you better understand water wise gardening. There are also garden tours, classes and demonstration gardens to see. Get inspired and learn more by perusing the information below.

Plant lists and plant data bases on the web useful to Colorado Gardeners:


CSU Plant Database
This site is an excellent resource for Native plants


Plant Select Plant database
Plant Select offers over 120 plants tested for Colorado Gardens





Natural by Design
Judith Phillips

Southwestern Landscaping
with Native Plants  

Judith Phillips


Plants for Natural Gardens
Judith Phillips

Xeriscape Colorado
David Winger & Connie Ellefson
Big Earth Publishing Revised


Xeriscape Hanbook
Gayle Weinstein
Fulcrum Publishing 1999


Waterwise Landscaping
Jim Knopf
Johnson Books, Second Edition


The Xeriscape Flower Gardener
Johnson Books, 2003


Meet the Natives
Big Earth Publishing, 11th Edition


Xeriscape Plant Guide
David Winger
Fulcrum Publishing 1996


The Hot Garden
Scott Calhoun
Rio Nuevo Publishers 2009


Low Water Flower Gardener
Eric Johnson & Scott Millard
Millard Publishing 2000


Cutting Edge Gardening in the Intermountain West
Marsha Tatroe
Big Earth Publishing 2007


Hellstrip Gardening
Evelyn Hadden
Workman Publishing 2014


Hot Pots
Scott Calhoun
Rio Nuevo Publishers 2009


Lawn Gone
Pam Penick


Dry Climate Gardening with Succulents
Debra Brown Folsom
Pantheon Books


Beautiful No-Mow Yards
Evelyn Hadden
Workman Publishing 2012


Yard Full of Sun
Scott Calhoun
Rio Nuevo Publishers 2005





Mesa Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Colorado Springs Conservation and Environmental Center Demonstration Gardens in the Front Range that will inspire you to think about being water wise in your own landscape:

Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District Demonstration Xeriscape Garden
3171 United Avenue, Pueblo, CO  (719) 948-2400

Xeriscape Demonstration Garden at Cattail Crossing
(Enter at Desert Hawk Golf Course) At US Hwy 50 and McCulloch Blvd., turn south onto McCulloch Blvd. and go 0.8 mile to Joe Martinez Blvd. Turn right and continue to the Desert Hawk Golf Course parking lot. Cattail Crossing and the garden are on the right.

Mesa Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
Colorado Springs Utilities Conservation and Environmental Center
2855 Mesa Rd., Colorado Springs, CO  (719) 668-8232

Horticultural Arts Society (HAS) Demonstration Garden
In Monument Valley Park on the corner of Glen Avenue and Mesa Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO  (719) 596-4901

Carnegie Library Demonstration Garden
Between Penrose and Carnegie Public Libraries
20 N. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO (719) 531-6333

Denver Botanic Gardens
909 York Street, Denver, CO  (720) 865-3501

Gardens at Kendrick Lake Park
East side of Kendrick Lake Park
9351 W. Jewell Avenue, Lakewood, CO  (303) 987-7800

Centennial Gardens
Demonstration Xeriscape Garden SE CO Water Conservancy DistrictA formal garden using water wise plants
1101 Little Raven Street, Denver, CO

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Great for higher elevation water wise gardeners
183 Gore Creek Drive, Vail, CO  (970) 476-0103

Conservation Gardens
Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District
220 Water Avenue, Berthoud, CO  800-369-7246



Crevice Garden in Mesa Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Colorado Springs Utilities Conservation and Environmental CenterJim & Jeannie Ray’s Garden Habitat Hero Garden, Beulah, Co.