Indio Water Authority has a history of working with community partners to fund projects that promote water conservation and help educate the public on effective approaches to desert landscaping. The Indio City Council has approved the demonstration garden which will be designed to showcase the wide variety of beautiful and unique plants that thrive in a desert climate with only a limited amount of irrigation and other outdoor water efficiency best practices. The Garden will consist of twelve smaller themed gardens or landscapes where Indio residents can visit throughout the seasons to get ideas for their own yards and enjoy the beauty of water-efficient desert landscapes. Such gardens provide learning opportunities for students, home gardeners and landscape professionals on design, planting and maintenance procedures.
The approved plan consists of 12 different gardens/lawns showcasing different types of gardens and addressing different landscape needs – two xeriscape gardens with a mix of plants, an agave garden, a cactus garden, a butterfly garden, a succulent garden, a hummingbird garden, two Colorado Desert gardens, an ethno-botanical garden, and two Southwest gardens. Having a Demonstration Garden which showcases the beauty of drought-tolerant landscaping in Downtown Indio is a good symbol of that commitment.