Cypresswood Water Conservation Garden at Harris County WCID 132

Spring, TX
United States
Project Size: 
0.65 acres
Project type: 
Open Space- Garden
Site Context: 
Former Land Use: 
Terrestrial Biome: 
Temperate Broadleaf & Mixed Forests
Project overview: 

Harris County Water Conservation and Improvement District (WCID) 132's Water Conservation and Demonstration Center showcases efficient, sustainable water techniques and practices, which are aimed at providing solutions applicable to suburban landscapes whose owners desire to conserve water while sustaining beautiful plant materials.

The Center's focus - water conservation in the landscape - is shared through presentations, site features, and plants. Presentations on water saving and sustainable practices include watering established plants with captured rainwater and air conditioner condensate, mulching to conserve moisture, working with the soil's capacity to hold water, eliminating invasive species, and composting. Site features and materials, approximately 20 found in each of the 16 demonstration areas, include rain barrels, rain gardens, rain chains, and reused and recycled materials. Approximately 75 species of native plants and 15 herbs and vegetables are visible depending on the season.

photo by: Ken Fraser