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Sustainable Backyard

Sustainable Backyard

Year Opened: 2013
Garden Designers: Sally Guthart and Anne Clark, with updates by Sherry Fuller and Kelly Kellow

The Sustainable Backyard brings eco-conscious ideas to homeowners while demonstrating the use of many sustainable landscape materials. The Gardens, in partnership with the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado, installed its Sustainable Backyard (in just one day!) on April 29, 2013, as part of the Planet National Day of Service. 


  • Drip irrigation
  • Raised beds and berms
  • Repurposed materials 
  • Rock, lumber and wood chips from local sources
  • Ornamental grasses, xeric perennials and shrubs
  • Permeable paver pathway
  • Windscreen, bird thicket and dry creek
  • Turf demonstration that displays various alternatives 
  • Leaf cutter bee house
  • Container gardens