June 21, 2021

Award Winning Conservation Gardens Provide Education on Plants, Turf and Conservation

Northern Water’s award-winning Conservation Gardens span several acres of the Berthoud headquarters campus to provide public education on various plants, turf and conservation techniques that can achieve water savings in landscapes. Planning for the gardens began shortly after Northern Water moved to its Berthoud headquarters in 2003. When the gardens opened to the public in 2006, they quickly became a showcase Plant Select demonstration garden where guests can discover more than 700 plants and 60 turf grasses that thrive in Colorado’s semiarid climate. 

The gardens are an educational tool to demonstrate water-wise landscapes and best management practices. While visiting the gardens, visitors can see various demonstrations of efficient irrigation technologies, alternative and native grasses, soil preparation and hundreds of water-wise plants. The Xeriscape Plaza, the most popular area, includes eight mini landscapes – Yucca Garden, Perennial Garden, Water-Wise Landscape, Keep it Simple Landscape, Prairie Landscape, Southwest Landscape, Ornamental Garden and Native Plant Garden. The plaza was created around the seven principals of xeriscape: proper design and planning, practical turf areas, low water plants, proper soil amendments, mulching, efficient irrigation and proper maintenance.   

The Conservation Gardens are located at Northern Water's Berthoud Headquarters.

In the spring of 2021, Northern Water began a campus expansion project that will include the temporary loss of roughly a third of the gardens on the south end. Future phases of campus enhancements will allow the gardens to expand to the north while adding new features.   

Visitors to the Conservation Gardens and the Colorado-Big Thompson Project Interpretive Area are welcome to wander the gardens on their own and learn through the signage and brochures available. The gardens are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Tours are also available upon request by calling 800-369-7246 or emailing Lyndsey Lucia. 

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