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Did you know that about 30% of the water used in San Antonio households is applied solely to landscapes? Low water landscaping is strongly encouraged in arid climates, where water is a limited resource. Drought tolerant gardens and efficient irrigation are both extremely important in areas such as San Antonio and other climates where rain is not plentiful.

The benefits of low water landscapes may surprise you.

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The San Antonio Botanical Garden understands that the prospect of WaterSaver Gardening can be a little intimidating, especially for beginner gardeners or new homeowners. The Botanical Garden offers resources to help you get inspired, get started, or continue on your low-water landscaping path. The Botanical Garden’s WaterSaver Program also offers excellent learning opportunities for those with more experience and looking for the latest information, tips, resources, and rebates.

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Sponsored by the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), WaterSaver Lane is an exhibit designed to inspire residents to create beautiful landscapes that conserve water. Located near the Auld House and the Old Fashioned Garden, WaterSaver Lane is a wonderful, appealing, and educational neighborhood at the Botanical Garden. It is a charming cluster of miniature cottages with colorful diminutive gardens whose blooms belie their thrifty ways with water. Each tiny cottage is a different architectural style, complemented by its own front yard or attractive well-adapted drought-tolerant plants.

WaterSaver Garden and WaterSaver Lane Showcase Plants to Know and Grow

Looking for plants that grow best in San Antonio soils and are the most efficient water users? What is good for mulch? What kind of materials do you use for pathways that will still allow water to reach plants? Come and see! The San Antonio Botanical Garden’s WaterSaver Garden is a co-operative project with the San Antonio Water System and a demonstration for home gardeners.

Located on approximately one-third acre at the top of the hill by the Lucile Halsell Conservatory, the WaterSaver Garden demonstrates practical home gardening techniques that are the most water friendly. Showcasing drip irrigation and turf bubbler watering techniques, samples of mulches, and permeable paving surfaces and plantings that perform well with San Antonio’s climate and water requirements; the garden offers conservation solutions.

WaterSaver Lane features six cottages that demonstrate different types of drought-tolerant landscaping, including one showing what not to plant. Find a variety of landscapes that minimize lawn and include more groundcover, perennial flowerbeds and herbs, native and adapted plants, and patio space.