Conservation Gardens plan grand opening of garden expansion

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WEST JORDAN -- Despite the return of wintry weather, it's not too early to tap into resources for planning our lawns and gardens. Early flowers are already popping up, so we went out to the Jordan Valley Conservation Gardens to see how their garden has grown.

Conservation Garden Park is a lot like most of our yards right now: on the verge of a spring explosion. "Right now is a good time to get out and start brushing things up," Bart Forsyth told us. He is the assistant general manager of the Jordan Valley Water District.

Conservation Gardens plan grand opening of garden expansion

In early May, the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District will host the grand opening of the expanded Conservation Gardens. "The new expansion area will be focused on educational exhibits to show how to achieve a water-wise landscape," Forsyth said.

The demonstration gardens opened seven years ago with two and a half acres of water-wise landscapes open to the public. The idea is to give us all better ideas for what to plant to save water and make our yards more beautiful.

Conservation Gardens plan grand opening of garden expansion

For the past year and a half one area of the gardens has been under construction and under the gardeners' care. The expansion will double the size of the gardens.

"What we really want to show is how to plan for, how to design, how to install and how to maintain a water-wise landscape, including how to install an efficient irrigation system," Forsyth said.

Already, the conservation garden shows off 800 varieties of water-wise plants. In the coming years, they'll add 400 more.

"That's the idea of our garden, is to basically reduce water use, and to provide enough water for future growth to occur," Forsyth said.

That Grand Opening is Mother's Day Weekend in May. CLICK HERE for more information.


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