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. 

During the summer of 2020 the RDCK welcomed all residents to the garden and encouraged interested parties to participate in a guided tour of the garden with the RDCK's Water Smart Ambassador. 

With 4 hosted garden tours, attendees hailed from various communities in the RDCK including: Castlegar, Burton, Nelson, Balfour, Woodbury, Ymir, and a few visitors even made the trek from Erickson to visit the demonstration garden and learn more about xeriscaping.

Keep an eye on this page for information and details regarding 2021 plans for the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden.

For additional information please contact:

Ph: (250) 352-8171

Email: tzumpano@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 March 24 2021 at 12:04 PM