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What is Xeriscape? In a nutshell “it is the science of raising the most amount of plants with the least amount of water.” Sounds simple doesn’t it? Actually it is very complicated. In desert areas, Las Vegas definitely qualifies, soils are very poor, rainfall is minimal, and temperatures are extreme. Plants that do best in such an environment are plants that are native to the desert areas of the American Southwest. Sage, Desert Willow, Saguaro etc. come to mind. In order to get a better understanding of Xeriscape gardens we recommend the following tours.  All of them are free of charge.

Las Vegas Valley Water District

The garden is located at Alta and Valley View, about 10 miles from the strip.Nice reception area and lots of brochures and information. For a gardener well worth the trip. Tel: 702-258-3205.

Ethel M Chocolate Factory.

Corner of E. Sunset and Mountain Vista. Tel: 702-433-2500

Installed by one of the wealthiest individuals in the US, Mr. Forrest Mars (now deceased). Gorgeous gardens, interesting too. Fascinating used water recycling plant behind the factory. Here water is recycled and purified the natural way, with water Hyacinths. All open for inspection free of charge.

UNLV Baepler Xeric Garden

corner of Maryland Parkway and E. Tropicana.

Small but pleasant xeriscape garden where there is always something in bloom no matter the season. The added attraction is that it gives visitors the opportunity to stroll around the UNLV campus, which is a kind of museum of architectural styles through the decades.  Park at the garage entered from Tropicana, near the Thomas and Mack Center.  The garden is located behind the Earth Sciences Building. It is so beautiful there and really under appreciated.