• The Sustainable Backyard was transformed on April 29, 2013.

  • Volunteers worked to build a garden in a day for the Sustainable Backyard project.

Sustainable Backyard

Check out our 1 minute video documenting the installation of the Sustainable Backyard on April 29, 2013.

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The Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Avenue, in partnership with the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) installed its Sustainable Backyard – in just one day - on Monday, April 29, 2013 as part of the Planet National Day of Service.

ALCC chose The Gardens’ Sustainable Backyard project as their Northern Chapter Day of Service and will be providing the volunteer labor and partially donated materials to complete the garden.

Located next to the Outdoor Timberframe classroom at The Gardens, the Sustainable Backyard brings eco-conscious ideas to homeowners while demonstrating the use of many sustainable landscape materials.

Native plants, a windscreen, turf alternatives, a bird thicket, a dry creek, drip irrigation, rock and wood chips from local sources, permeable pavers, and vertical spaces for vegetables are installed and on display.

“The Gardens is extremely excited to get the Sustainable Backyard installed so we can further educate homeowners about sustainable gardening practices and appropriate landscape materials. The Sustainable Backyard will be a living example of how to save water, energy, and money in a residential backyard – all the while nurturing native plants and beneficial wildlife habitats,” said Michelle Provaznik, Director, Gardens on Spring Creek.

In collaboration with The Gardens and ALCC, other contributors to the design and installation include Zak George Landscaping, Sally Guthart of Earthborn Landscape Design, and Anne Clark Design.

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