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Foothills Garden

Foothills Garden and sky

Year Opened: 2018

The Foothills Garden serves as an exceptionally naturalistic, native plant showcase garden with a uniquely "wild" feel. It aims to capture the feeling a visitor would have in our local foothills and to showcase and promote the use of regionally-appropriate, underused and novel native plants.

Plant communities represented in this space include: local foothills dry slopes, riparian areas, rock crevices, foothills shortgrass meadows, sagebrush steppe, loose pine woodlands and communities found more commonly in the foothills and similar of the west slope like dry mesas and badlands.


  • Approximately one acre
  • More than 300 species and cultivars of native plants from the Rocky Mountain region
  • Most plants are very drought-tolerant and need no soil amendment or fertilizer
  • West end contains cultivars of native plants, east end will eventually be non-irrigated to showcase plants that will thrive with no additional water