Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Otis, Colorado Has 'Xeriscape' Garden

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Otis, Colorado Has 'Xeriscape' Garden

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Early in 1992, members of the Otis Action Team became aware that the empty lots where the Otis standpipe is located had been an eyesore for many years. They were also aware of the need for more education about conserving water on yards and gardens and making use of the natural beauty of native plants and shrubs.

Several members of the group decided to address these needs by creating a xeriscape garden on the lots. They felt the project would beautify Otis and set an example for conserving water while still having a colorful and attractive yard.

The Otis Action Team was instrumental in getting the project started by donating $600. This money was used to create a basic design for the garden by a design professional. The team toured many facilities to gain useful ideas for the garden.

Next, a grant application was made with the Colorado Water Conservation Board Wanda Purdy, Sue Stackhouse, and Den Herskind-Palser worked together to complete it. A grant for $3,000 was received, to be paid out over a three-year period.

The first installment of the grant was used to prepare the soil, contour the land, and lay out the basic design of the garden. Rocks were hauled and placed, and a dry stream bed, meandering through the area, was created. A handicap-accessible cement walk was constructed, and a bridge placed over the stream bed. A large quantity of native plants were ordered, and volunteer labor from many community members got them into their new home.

The remainder of the grant funds will be used to complete the garden. …

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