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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden

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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden

City of Tempe Woman's Club Park
Demo Garden
Xeriscape Garden

Funded in part by a grant from the Arizona Department of Water Resources the Tempe Women’s Club Park was converted to a Xeriscape Demonstration Garden in 1995 to promote low water use plants and desert landscaping practices. Interpretive signage and plant identification plaques were installed to provide useful information for visitors considering converting from a high water use landscape to a more desert friendly low water use landscape. Located on 4.5 acres of desert terrain in north Tempe the current demonstration garden has undergone a major retrofit in the 2005 seasons.

To help promote low-water use plants locally the City of Tempe and the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association published in 2005 a free brochure entitled “Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert”. Using this new publication as a planting guide, all 39 tree species and 45 shrub species were planted in groups of three to display the various growth habits found among a single species.

Location and Hours:
1265 N. College Avenue
Tempe, Arizona 85281
Phone: (480) 350 2668
Fax: (480) 350 8336
Public Hours: Open to the public year round from dawn to dusk. 

Check the interactive map.

Environmental Parameters

Latitude 33’26’36” N
Longitude 111’55’54”W
Altitude 1,100 ft
Annual Normal Precipitation 7.0 in
Normal Minimum Temperature 55.4 °F
Normal Maximum Temperature 85.1 °F
Historic Low Temperature 18.0 °F
Historic High Temperature 122.0 °F
USDA Zone 9  

Total Area: 5.0 Acres
Area of Collections 3.0 Acres
Total Area of Turf
1.8 Acres
8 Spaces

Low Water Use Plant Collections

Garden Features

Irrigation Systems

Listen to Carl Hayden Campus for Sustainability Video or read the brochure.