Water-Conscious Coloradoans Love “Garden In A Box,” the Ready-Made, Do-It-Yourself Xeric Garden Kit

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Arvada–Now available to order in 26 municipalities along Colorado’s Front Range, Garden In A Box offers a water conservation landscaping program that lets green thumbs and gardening neophytes plant their own professionally designed, water-smart perennial gardens.

With the potential to add color and beauty to any yard, each planted garden ranges from 60 to 100 square feet and contains plants perfectly suited to Colorado soils. Kits contain all the materials homeowners need to create their own waterwise, drought-tolerant garden:

  • 14 to 30 specially selected xeric (low-water) starter plants
  • Plant-by-number maps
  • Instructional guide for planting, watering and caring for your garden

Boulder-based nonprofit Resource Central started Garden In A Box almost 20 years ago as a pilot program and now sells over 5,000 kits annually, through partnerships with Front Range municipalities. In 2018, 391,000 square feet of xeric gardens were planted through the program, saving approximately 41 million gallons of water, equivalent to around 60% water savings compared to grass.

“In a drought-prone climate like Colorado’s, the amount of water we get from the mountains can’t support our growing population or the vegetation of our landscape,” said Neal Lurie, president of Resource Central. “Xeriscaping is an absolute necessity in our state, and families who transition to a yard prioritizing water conservation are helping their whole community.”

Replacing just 100 square feet of grass with a Garden In A Box can save an estimated 7,300 gallons of water over the garden’s lifetime — that’s 150 full bathtubs! Kits also increase a yard’s biodiversity while creating new habitats for butterflies and other pollinators.

Each Garden In A Box kit contains a combination of starter plants that fare best in different spaces and levels of sun exposure. This year, kits include Butterfly Bounty, Naturally Native, Rocky Mountain Retreat, Seasons of Shade, Homegrown Harvest and more.

Garden kits are available to order online now while supplies last. Buyers can pick up their pre-ordered garden in May or June at their selected location. This year, kits from certain participating districts will be eligible for a $25 discount through their water provider.

Get the latest news about the program at @GardenInABox on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To order your kit, visit the website at resourcecentral.org/gardens or call 303-999-3820 x222.


Neal Lurie, president

303-999-3820 x 202


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