Colorado Springs Utilities (CSO)

Xeriscape Service



With the semi-arid climate and unique soil conditions in our region, xeriscape is a way to save water, time and money in your landscape.

The term xeriscape comes from a combination of the Greek word 'xeros' meaning dry, and 'scape' as in 'landscape.'

At Colorado Springs Utilities, we define xeriscape as an attractive, sustainable landscape that conserves water, is based on sound horticultural practices, and shows evidence of care.

Our xeriscape demonstration gardens are free and open to the public. We encourage you to visit throughout the year to see how the beautiful variety of plants and trees change with the seasons.

  • Xeriscape Demonstration Garden at the Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Road
  • Cottonwood Creek Park Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, 3920 Dublin Blvd.

Free Classes

We offer classes designed to help residents of the Colorado Springs area create beautiful, adapted landscapes that suit our climate and save water. Learn how you can have an amazing yard in Colorado.

All classes will be held at Colorado Springs Utilities Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, home of our beautiful demonstration garden. There is no charge for classes and reservations are not required.

Plant Database

You can learn more about the plants in our gardens by browsing through our extensive online xeriscape plant database.

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