Front Yard Landscape
Front Yard Landscape
Traditional, suburban, residential landscape aesthetics have been woven into our nation's city planning culture. Stemming from landscape architects from the northeast, many ideas of green grass and lush front yards have led to increased water use for semi-arid landscapes like those of the West. These landscapes also provide little to no habitat or food source for local insect, birds, and animals.
In 2015, the Office of Sustainability moved into the Sustainability Demonstration House with the idea of show-casing ways to provide habitats for local wildlife, reduce water usage, and create an aesthetically-pleasing and functional space that supports our local Colorado Springs ecosystems.
Thanks to grant-funding and in-kind sponsorship, the educational garden tour focuses on water wise, Plant Select, and native plants to get the 'right plant in the right place'. You'll also learn about the importance irrigation plays in reducing water usage for a yard this size.
The Demonstration House has had many partners assist with the front yard renovation to support in educating our campus and Colorado Springs community on the many benefits of Water Wise landscaping and using native plants:
- Weisburg Landscape Maintenance provided discounted management, expertise, and installation of the project
- Colorado Springs Utilities provided design assistance and irrigation technology
- Colorado Garden Foundation awarded grant funding to assist in the renovation
- UCCS Green Action Fund awarded grant funding to assist in the renovation
- Phelan Gardens provided discounted trees
- Harding Nursery donated trees, bushes, flowers and ground cover
- Rain Bird donated irrigation supplies and expertise
- Rocky Top Resources donated boulders for seating to enjoy the space
- Britton Nursery donated flowers and ground cover
- Heidrich's Colorado Tree Farm donated shrubs
- Fort Collins Nursery donated shrubs
- SiteOne donated landscape lighting, mulch, and landscape fabric and edging
- Brady's Nursery donated trees and shrubs