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Longmont Residents Can Order Gardens In A Box in March to Start Xeriscaping in May

March 10, 2018 GMT

Longmont residents are being offered $25 discount coupons for Gardens In A Box, but they’re running out fast.

Boulder-based nonprofit Resource Central partners with water providers to offer information and tools to allow people to conserve water.

The Gardens In A Box are put together by landscape professionals and all comprise plants that look nice and don’t need much water in the long term. Devon Booth, Resource Central water programs manager, said that the boxes are perfect for turf replacement — in a front yard, for example.

The boxes are available at ResourceCentral.org/gardens.

Water conservation and xeriscaping might be especially important this year because the winter is shaping up to be especially dry. Statewide, snowpack is 72 percent of normal as of March 1, the Denver Post reported. The North and South Platte river basins are doing better than the state average, but are still at 91 and 87 percent of normal, respectively.

Booth said that replacing 100 square feet of irrigated grass with a Garden In A Box can save a family an average of $1,000 in utility costs per year by reducing outdoor water use up to 60 percent.

The Gardens In A Box range from the Victory Garden set or Xeric Greatest Hits set at $79 to the Butterfly Bounty or Colors of Colorado sets at $154 and $156, respectively.

The Gardens In A Box come in one or two 2-foot-by-1-foot boxes with between 14 and 42 starter perennial plants. The boxes also come with a chart that Booth called “plant by numbers” and instructions on how to prepare the soil and care for the plants.

She said that Longmont paid for the $25 discount off a Garden In A Box for the first 175 customers, but that nearly half of the discounts are already taken even though online orders only became available Monday.

Resource Central also has Garden In A Box partnerships with Lyons, Frederick, Loveland, Lafayette and Louisville water providers.

The plants that will eventually go in the Gardens In A Box are being grown in nurseries right now, Booth said. Longmont customers who order a Garden In A Box in March can pick up their box on May 12.

Karen Antonacci: 303-684-5226, antonaccik@times-call.com or twitter.com/ktonacci