Xeriscape Demonstration Garden

Our region experiences hot and dry summers, with water restrictions becoming more common.  Residents are encouraged to consider landscape plantings that work with these conditions.  Native and drought tolerant species look great and need far less help and watering from us.

Xeriscaping is the practice of using native and drought-tolerant plants.  Homeowners, landscapers and local governments are embracing xeriscaping principles of using easy care and hardy plants that use less water and withstand our climate.

We encourage all residents to visit the RDCK Xeriscape (ˡzir-Ə-ןskāp) Demonstration Garden located at Crescent Valley Beach Regional Park, 1271 Highway 6 for water-saving ideas, and to see examples of the following native plant groupings: edible, medicinal, bulb, native shrubs, cut flowers, wildflower meadow, rock garden, ornamental grass, Mediterranean, native perennial flowers, and a pollinator & bee garden.  The garden also features three types of drought-resistant lawns (tall fescue, micro clover, and EnviroBlend).  The garden is very low maintenance and does not require any additional irrigation. 

This summer we are welcoming all residents to the garden and encourage them to participate in a guided tour of the garden with the RDCK's Water Smart Ambassador. 

Please meet the Water Smart Ambassador at the staircase closest to the Highway at 10am or 2pm on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 10
  • Wednesday, July 8
  • Thursday, August 6

Don’t forget to make an appointment with the Water Smart Ambassador if you are interested in having an irrigation & xeriscaping assessment of your property and if you live in any of the RDCK owned and operated water systems.

Ph: (250) 505-8167

Email: watersmartcentral@rdck.bc.ca


           RDCK' Water Smart Ambassador


            Drought Tolerant Grass Seeds


                             Mulch Options


          Johnny Jump-Ups (Viola tricolor)
                 (planted May 29, 2019)


           Dogwood Tree (Cornus Aurora)
                  (planted May 29, 2019)


                   Ice Plant (Delosperma)
                  (planted May 29, 2019)


   Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum )
                  (planted May 29, 2019)

        Check out our WaterSmart brochures to learn more:

The content on this page was last updated May 29 2020 at 10:07 AM