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Waterwise and Xeric Gardening

Gardening Information

Red Butte Garden offers many classes on waterwise and native landscaping. The classes range from two-hour lectures to extensive three-week classes. Classes provide valuable information about design, plant selection, maintenance, as well as garden walks so you can see first hand what these plants look like in a garden setting. We also offer residential garden tours focusing on waterwise and native landscapes.

There are many great resources available to learn more about waterwise gardening, including:

  • Busco, Janice and Morin, Nancy. Native Plants for High-Elevation Western Gardens. Fulcrum Publishing, 2003.
  • Keane, Terry. Water-Wise Landscaping. Utah State University Extension, 1995.
  • Knopf, Jim. Waterwise Landscaping with Trees, Shrubs & Vines. Chamisa Books, 1999.
  • Springer, Lauren. The Undaunted Garden. Fulcrum Publishing, 1994
  • Mielke, Judy. Native Plants for Southwestern Landscapes. Universtiy of Texas Press, 1993.
  • Mee,Wendy; Barnes, Jared; Kjelgren, Roger; Sutton, Richard; Cerney, Teresa; Johnson, Craig. Waterwise - Native Plants for Intermountain Landscapes. Utah State University Press, 2003.
  • Phillips, Judith. Plants for Natural Gardens. Museum On New Mexico Press, 1995.
  • Click HERE for a list of waterwise plants that do well in our region.