Saturday, May 22, 2010

Central Utah Gardens

Date Placed: May 22, 2010
Letterbox: Traditional
Carver: GreenJello
Planter: GreenJello
Location: 355 West University Parkway, Orem, Utah, Utah
Status: Active

Central Utah Gardens have been created to demonstrate and encourage the wise use of water in Utah landscapes. The average home owner uses 60% of their water to irrigate lawns and gardens. The good news is, this water use can be greatly reduced without sacrificing the beauty of your landscape. In fact, water-efficient landscapes often turn out to be more colorful, more interesting, and more diverse than traditional landscapes.

Central Utah Water Conservancy District has created the Gardens to support its commitment to conservation, and to encourage an ethic that promotes responsible management of our water resources within the community.

At the gardens and in our series of classes you will learn the steps of water-efficient Utah landscaping, also known as waterwise landscaping. Often, when people think of saving water in a landscape, they picture a yard full of rock, cactus, and yucca plants. This simply isn’t true! Water-efficient landscapes can be anything from an English cottage garden style to a formal garden to a southwest garden style. The key is to follow the seven water-efficient landscaping steps that help you use water wisely in your Utah landscape.

Directions: From I-15, take the University Parkway exit (#269). Head east. When you see the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, turn right at the light. Park either in the Gardens parking, or in Krispy Kreme (cannot park on the street in that area). Be sure to enjoy the lovely gardens, but when you're ready to stamp in, head to the sidewalk outside the gardens. Find the main Central Utah Gardens sign facing University Parkway. In front of it is a whole bunch of rocks. Directly behind the pole, under a rock, is the letterbox.

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