The Conservation Garden Park is your resource to help you
“localize” your landscape to work in harmony with Utah’s challenging climate. The
6-acre botanical garden is located at the center of the Salt Lake Valley at
8275 South 1300 West in West Jordan and is a convenient stop for any county
resident wishing to enjoy the beauty of Utah in an artful environment.
While the Garden may be a “living museum” of Utah-happy
plants, it’s different than other public gardens in that the plants and
techniques shown here are intended to reach into your own landscape. During
your visit, you’ll learn about design, irrigation, planting and maintenance for
your own yard. If you want more assistance, you can access a wide range of
classes, tours, and activities, as well as ask questions of our horticulture
and landscape experts.
The Conservation Garden Park demonstrates how the arts can
have a very real impact on important societal issues. Utah’s population is
expected to double by 2060 but the water supply won’t. Data from Utah Division
of Water Resources indicates that unless progress is made in water conservation
and new sources are developed, Utah will not have enough water to meet expected
future demands. Water conservation is a vital first step to ensure that Utah’s
water supply will be able to support our own children and grandchildren.
Utahns agree that conservation matters. A recent study by
Envision Utah (http://www.envisionutah.org/projects/your-utah-your-future)
found that 85% of the more than 50,000 Utahns surveyed believe water
conservation is a vital issue affecting the future of the State and we should
reduce our use. However, putting that belief into action is a little more
difficult—and that’s where the Conservation Garden Park fits in. Utahns have
reduced their average use from the baseline year of 2000 but there is more work
to be done if we are to achieve the state’s goal of 25 percent reduction in per capita use by 2025.
A frequent question our staff receives from visitors is “Can
you tell me where the waterwise plants are?” Most visitors are surprised to
learn that a water-efficient landscape can also be lush and vibrant (not
cactus, lava rock and cattle skulls). Visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour of
the Garden and enjoy the various landscape education exhibits, some of which
were made possible by the ZAP program.
As there is no charge for admission to the Garden, it’s a great place to bring
the family either as part of the ZAP Summer Passport program. You can take this
as a self-guided tour or check out one of our activity backpacks from the main
desk to keep kids engaged during the visit.
Hours of operation for the Garden change seasonally but we
will remain open from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday-Saturday until September. Check the
Garden’s website for more information.
The Conservation Garden Park offers more than 50 landscape
classes per season in our state-of-the-art education center. Classes are taught
by our own expert staff and staff from Utah State University Extension. Each
class addresses specific challenges homeowners experience when trying to create
and maintain a beautiful landscape within the extremes of our climate.
The Conservation Garden Park website offers free resources,
such as a plant database of more than 1,000 plants. These plants have all been
tested for Utah-friendliness in the Conservation Garden Park. We also offer
free design plans that you can adapt to your own lot, as well as information on
how to make the switch from a generic “blandscape” to a vibrant, beautiful
Localscape. Learn more about Localscaping for any part of Utah on the
Localscapes website: http://localscapes.com.
Our most popular annual event is coming up on Saturday,
August 19. “Party in the Park” is a mix of fun, education and awe. The
highlight of the event is the release of 500 butterflies over two different
release times. The event is free and we encourage families to come and
introduce their children to the wonders of nature in an exciting atmosphere.
In addition to the butterfly release, USU Extension
volunteers will have activity booths to teach children about urban pollinators
and a butterfly scavenger hunt. Enjoy games to learn about water conservation
and treatment, watch live animal shows, and even tour a water treatment facility
to learn how water works in Utah.
Party in the Park
- Saturday, August 19, 2017
- 4 pm- 7pm
- 8275 South 1300 West
- West Jordan, Utah
Admission to the event is free. Food is available for
purchase from several food trucks. Follow Conservation Garden Park on Facebook
for updates (http://facebook.com/conservationgardenpark)
or watch our website for more information. http://conservationgardenpark.org.
ZAP has made many of the exhibits and possibility of the
Garden Park a reality. If you haven’t visited the Garden, we think you’ll like
what you’ll find here. If you’re just interested in a stroll in a park-like
setting or looking for great, Utah-friendly landscaping ideas, you’ll find it
all at Conservation Garden Park.
Cynthia works to translate the technical nature of water
conservation into public-friendly messaging as the Outreach Coordinator for the
Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in
Landscape Architecture from Utah State University and over the past 20 years
she’s been involved at every scale of land design and planning from large
regional projects to residential landscape design.