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Keywords: Arboretums and botanical gardens--Pacific Northwest, Arboretums and botanical gardens--Washington, Xeriscaping

Where in Washington State can I find examples of public gardens designed to be drought-tolerant xeriscapes?


There are Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens around the state, such as Riverfront Park Demonstration Garden and others in Wenatchee. There is also a WaterWise demonstration garden in Woodinville.

There is a water-wise garden in the Bellevue Botanic Garden.

There is a native plant garden maintained by the Tacoma Garden Club at Point Defiance Park.

Seattle Tilth maintains several demonstration gardens, including the Good Shepherd Center in the Wallingford neighborhood in Seattle and Bradner Gardens Park at 29th Ave. S. and S. Grand Street, in south Seattle. While not exclusively xeriscapes, their gardens employ water-saving techniques.

Date 2017-06-08
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The Bellevue Botanical Garden by Marty Wingate, 2007

Reviewed by: Brian Thompson on 2007-10-01

The authors of this book were nurtured and informed by the well-known Northwest Perennial Alliance Borders at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Here, Marty Wingate tells how the Borders are part of a much greater whole brought together by a diverse group of plant lovers. The detailed history is followed by descriptions in word and photo that highlight features and plants in each of the nine gardens, augmented with short profiles of key players. A Garden promotion, yes, but there's also some good history and enough about the individual plantings to take some ideas home, especially if this book accompanies your next visit to Bellevue.

Excerpted from the Fall 2007 Arboretum Bulletin.

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