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Drought Tolerant Demonstration Garden

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Sponsored by Glendale Water & Power

GWP logo PNGTo demonstrate techniques to achieve water use efficiency, Glendale Water & Power constructed a water-saving demonstration garden at the Downtown Central Library.

About the Garden

The Drought Tolerant Demonstration Garden is located at the north entrance to Downtown Central Library. The garden demonstrates the potential for water-saving landscaping by using water-wise plants and low water-using irrigation. To educate both business leaders and the public, the garden has themed signage identifying plant names, plant requirements, and irrigation techniques. The plants used in the garden design are available at local nurseries so that visitors can take what they’ve learned during their visit and apply it in their own yards. Learn more about each plant from video clips prepared by the Library, Arts & Culture staff from SoundSpace and MakerSpace.

YouTube Video - Breeze Lomandra


YouTube Video - Ever Green Currant


YouTube Video - Otto Quast Lavender


YouTube Video - Little Ollie Olive

YouTube Video - Morning Light Westringia

YouTube Video - New Gold Lantana


YouTube Video - Yankee Point Ceanothus

GWP logoAre you interested in starting or transforming your own water-saving garden? See the Glendale Water & Power Water Wise Gardening website that shows residents pictures of real drought tolerant landscapes. If you just starting a water-saving garden see the Glendale Water & Power Plant a Beautiful Water-wise Garden website. 


 The resources below are available at the Glendale Library, Arts & Culture online catalog.


Baldwin Designing With SucculentsBaldwin, Debra Lee. Designing with succulents, completely revised ed. Portland, OR: Timber Press. 2017. [Call Number: 635.9525 BAL 2017]

Cohen, Rachael.  Infinite succulent: miniature living art to keep or share. NY: Countryman Press. 2019. [Call Number: 635.9525 COH]

Coleman, Eliot.  The new organic grower: a master’s manual of tools and techniques for the home and market gardener, 30th Anniversary ed. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing. 2018. [Call Number: 635 DOL 2018]


Gardening with BiocharCox, Jeff.  Gardening with biochar: supercharge your soil with bioactivated charcoal. North Adams: MA. 2019. [Call Number: 635.0484 COX]

Elzer-Peters, Katie. No –waste kitchen gardening: regrow your leftover greens, stalks, seeds and more.  Beverly:; MA. 2018. [Call Number: 635 ELZ]

Lewis, Sarah Wyndham. Planting for honeybees: the grower’s guide to creating a buzz.  London: Quadrille. 2018. [639.82 LEW]

Rubin, Greg and Lucy Warren. California native landscape: the homeowner’s design guide to restoring its beauty and balance.  Portland, OR: Timber Press.  2014.  [Call Number: 712.0979 RUB]

Tophill Container Gardener'sTophill, Frances. Container gardener’s handbook: pots, techniques, and projects to transform any space. Mount Joy, PA: Fox Chapel Publishing. 2019. [Call Number: 635.986 TOP]

Willburn, Marianne. Big dreams, small garden: a guide to creating something extraordinary in your ordinary space.  NY: Skyhorse Publishing. 2017. [Call Number: 712 WIL]





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