Did you know that about 30% of the water used in San Antonio households is applied solely to landscapes!

water-saver-1Low water landscaping is strongly encouraged in arid climates, where water is a limited resource. Drought tolerant gardens and efficient irrigation are both extremely important in areas such as San Antonio and other climates where rain is not plentiful.

The benefits of low water landscapes may surprise you

  • Beautiful and Fun
  • Low Maintenance
  • Conserves Water
  • Saves Money
  • Ecologically Friendly
  • Easy to install yourself

Want to create a stunning WaterSaver Garden? Follow these 7 steps.

  • Planning and Design
  • Soil Analysis and Improvement
  • Limited and Appropriate Turf Grass
  • Efficient Irrigation
  • Use of Mulches and Hardscapes
  • Appropriate Maintenance
  • Proper Plant Selection

water-saver-2We understand that the prospect of WaterSaver Gardening can be a little intimidating, especially for beginner gardeners or new homeowners. The San Antonio Botanical Garden offers resources to help you get inspired, get started, or continue on your low-water landscaping path. Our WaterSaver Program also offers excellent learning opportunities for those with more experience and looking for the latest information, tips, resources and rebates.

Get started today with the following resources

  • Adult WaterSaver Classes at the Garden and receive a free copy of a SAWS Landscape Care Guide. Register
  • Public presenters who discuss drought tolerant landscaping. Inquire here
  • Guided Group Tours
  • Learn on a Nature Walk
  • See examples of landscaping on WaterSaver Lane and Garden

Sponsored by the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), WaterSaver Lane is an exhibit designed to inspire residents to create beautiful landscapes that conserve water. Located near the Auld House and the Old Fashioned Garden, WaterSaver Lane is a wonderful, appealing, and educational “neighborhood” at the Garden. It is a Charming cluster of miniature cottages, with colorful diminutive gardens whose blooms belie their thrifty ways with water. Each tiny cottage is a different architectural style, complemented by its own “front yard” or attractive well-adapted drought tolerant plants.

WaterSaver Garden and WaterSaver Lane Showcase Plants to Know and Grow

water-saver-3Looking for plants that grow best in San Antonio soils and are the most efficient water users? What is good for mulch? What kind of materials do you use for pathways that will still allow water to reach plants? Come and see! The San Antonio Botanical Garden’s WaterSaver Garden is a co-operative project with the San Antonio Water System and a demonstration for home gardeners.

Located on approximately 1/3 acre at the top of the hill by the Lucile Halsell Conservatory, the WaterSaver Garden demonstrates practical home gardening techniques that are the most water friendly. Showcasing drip irrigation and “turf bubbler” watering techniques, samples of mulches and permeable paving surfaces, and plantings that perform well with San Antonio’s climate and water requirements; the garden offers conservation solutions.

WaterSaver Lane features six cottages that demonstrate different types of drought-tolerant landscaping, including one showing what not to plant!  Find a variety of landscapes that minimize lawn and include more groundcover, perennial flowerbeds and herbs, native and adapted plants, and patio space.

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