Xeriscape Gardening

There was an interesting article on Xeriscape gardening in The Morning Star newspaper.  For those that are not familiar with the term, xeriscaping is landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation.  In areas of extreme heat, such as the Okanagan, plants whose natural requirements are appropriate to the local climate are emphasized and care is taken to avoid losing water due to evaporation and run-off.  Xeriscaping is different from natural landscaping as the emphasis in xeriscaping is on selection of plants for water conservation, not necessarily selecting native plants.  One very interesting fact in The Morning Star article was that twenty-four per cent of all Okanagan water is used on household lawns and gardens yet the Okanagan has less water available per person than anywhere in Canada.  The foregoing fact emphasizes the need for us to change the way we garden, if we haven't already!

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