Our water-wise plant experts are partnering with the City of Colorado Springs to bring sustainable landscapes to public spaces, while broadening the availability of water-wise plants for the public.
Springs Utilities staff from the Conservation and Environmental Center worked alongside city staff and volunteers on the first “Plants with Parks” project Friday, Aug. 17 outside City Hall. The team spent hours designing, transporting, and planting the space at the building’s south entrance. They’ve transformed a newly-renovated raised garden area into a thoughtful design that will require minimal water use.
One of the goals of the Plants with Parks project is to learn more about the plants and how they perform in large-scale projects. The Colorado Springs Utilities’ Water Wise Demonstration Garden, 2855 Mesa Road, displays examples of water-wise plants and landscaping ideas for our customers. Testing plants at multiple sites, like City Hall, allows staff to narrow their recommendations to the most resilient selections.
In the coming weeks and months, city parks staff will study these promising water-wise plants and provide us with their feedback. Those plants that continue to thrive will be recommended for use in commercial and residential projects, helping customers conserve water while creating healthy landscapes for our community.
Through this collaboration, we hope to improve the accessibility of sustainable commercial landscape examples. We’ll also supply the water-wise plants for the city’s greenhouse to improve availability of recommended plants for future landscape projects.
You can get more information about using water-wise plants in your landscape at csu.org and by visiting our demonstration garden at 2855 Mesa Road.