Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Free Xeriscape Garden Tour in Pueblo

Posted by Linda McMulkin, CSU Extension-Pueblo County

Please join gardeners in Pueblo for the 2013 Xeriscape Garden Tour on Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2.  This free garden tour features public and private gardens that exhibit the principles of water-wise gardening. 
My husband and I attend the tour each year and get ideas for our own yard. Each garden is unique and reflects the interests and vision of the homeowner.  While I don’t want to bring all of the ideas into my yard, it is always fun to see how each homeowner interprets the principles of xeriscaping.  Be sure to bring your camera so you can record plant combinations or hardscapes that catch your eye.

 The Xerisicape Tour is a true community effort, with financial backing from local water districts, the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District, the Pueblo West Community Xeriscape Gardeners, and Colorado State University Extension-Pueblo County.  Local green industry partners provide gift certificates for the homeowners who open their gardens for the tour.  Homeowners and volunteers from the Pueblo West Gardeners and CSU Extension will be on hand to answer questions.  

On Saturday, four gardens in Pueblo will be open from 9 am to 3 pm.  Pueblo West will be featured on Sunday, with five gardens open to the public, also from 9 to 3.  While you are in Pueblo, plan to visit the demonstration gardens located throughout the county as well as the streetscapes projects downtown and the gardens at the Pueblo Zoo, the Historic Arkansas River Walk (HARP), and the Rawlings Library. 
To download the tour maps, go to Colorado State University-Pueblo County Horticulture.
The photos were taken on previous tours.  Photo credits: Liz Catt, Orla O'Callaghan, Linda McMulkin, Warren Nolan.


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