In the summer months, domestic water use increases by 50% due to watering lawns and gardens. Traditional lawns and gardens require a lot of watering to maintain them. Waterwise gardens are a beautiful alternative to the traditional lawn and garden, and survive on rainfall alone after roots are established. Waterwise gardening uses drought-tolerant plants to create a sustainable landscape while conserving water. This type of gardening is also sometimes described as “xeriscaping”.
Xeriscape gardening is a concept that was first coined in Colorado in the 1970's by the Denver Water Department to describe the use of native and climate adapted plants in their yards. The term xeriscape is derived from the Greek words "xeros" for dry and "scape" meaning a view or scene. Using water more efficiently in the garden is important as summers become increasingly hot and dry, and particularly when watering restrictions are in place. Drought has become a reality in the City of Brantford and surrounding areas as the Grand River watershed has suffered one of its driest and hottest years. Helping your lawn and garden cope with drought can be accomplished by making the transition to xeriscaping or waterwise landscaping. The use of drought-tolerant plants and hardscapes such as walkways, patios and stones can be used to create a variety of beautiful landscapes that require less water, less money and less maintenance than traditional lawns.
The City of Brantford has put together multiple resources to help you transition and adopt waterwise gardening practices:
Want to learn how to add curb appeal to your home? Each year the City of Brantford hosts free Gardening Seminars for City residents in the month of March. These seminars vary in topic to educate residents on the best way to convert their green space into an attractive, waterwise landscape. Click for seminar information
Learn about planning, choose specific plants, watering, and plants to avoid. Click for more tips
The Tranquility Hall Garden was designed to show how drought-tolerant plants could be used to create a variety of diverse and beautiful landscape "styles" in a residential setting. Click for demonstrations
Garden Open House
Join us this year on July 12th, 2015 Click for details on the open house
Landscape Recognition Program
Recognizing the efforts of Brantford residents who have converted a significant portion of their property to be Waterwise.Click for Landscape Recognition Program information
Waterwise Plants for Brantford Booklet
The booklet was created by the City of Brantford as a free online resource for residents who wish to add drought-tolerant plants to their landscape. Click to open the PDF format Waterwise Plants for Brantford Booklet
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General Waterwise Gardening Tips and Resources