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Water conservation garden to open this month
Last summer’s drought is still making an impact on residents, the city is currently in a Stage 2 water restriction and with summer just around the corner it is unknown how much more extreme the water situation will be. However, the city is taking a proactive approach to help reduce water usage.
The city has recently completed its first water conservation garden at the Don Cline Pump Station. Construction on the city’s primary garden is located in between the Carrollton Senior Center and the Josey Ranch Library. Valerie Miller, spokesperson for the water conservation garden, said the city funded the conservation garden from an energy grant that they received from the government.
“We want to promote and educate water conservation,” she said. “This piece is a public outreach for education purposes to help people and the city conserve water.”
Miller said the garden will demonstrate proper techniques to use to keep garden’s looking fresh during the hot summer months without having to water plants every day or multiple times a day.
“We don’t have to use cactus and rocks to be water contentious,” she said. “Box woods are very popular as well. We plan on showcasing a lot of different plants.”
Miller said the city plans on showing residents how to grow different types of plants by using less water and how to maintain them.
“Once everything is completed we plan on having various programs that will be beneficial to our residents,” Miller said. “We will have children programs and adult programs. Right now we are working on a summer series that will be two Thursdays a month for children. For adults we are trying to work something out for once a month.”
The garden will be broken down into different types of plants and flowers. Miller said the top part of the garden will be “Texas Natives.” Classic Texas flowers that everyone thinks of when they think of Texas, very easy, free forming plants.
As the garden moves closer to the pond it will become more formal that will have blooming flowers. Miller said the city is trying to have six or seven different themes of flowers within the garden. The garden will feature a variety of tropical flowers to Texas native flowers all with tips on how to grow and maintain these flowers with minimal water use.
“We want our residents to know that you can grow almost any type of flower you want if you know how to properly maintain the plant,” she said.
The city will also use the water conservation garden as water drip irrigation, meaning the city will not lose as much water during the heat. Miller said the goal is to make residents aware that they do not have to water so much during the summer.
“There is always a potential to go to a Stage 3 water conservation. We are not planning on it but it is a there,” she said. “We hope that with this garden we are able to reduce irrigation by 20 to 30 percent in the future. We encourage all of our residents to stop by.”