EDMOND — Residents soon will have a model example when it comes to water conservation.
In conjunction with Oklahoma State University’s Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department, the Edmond Parks and Recreation Department is in the midst of creating a low-water use garden at Bickham-Rudkin Park at 33rd and Rankin streets.
The xeriscape demonstration garden is scheduled to be completed by September and will feature low-water use plants. Educational signs will show others how they can cultivate a similar garden at their own home.
"I think it will serve as an alternative to high-use water landscaping and as a community display for plants that can survive here in central Oklahoma,” said Earl London, assistant director for the Edmond Parks and Recreation Department. "It will show what types of low water use plants can survive the weather conditions, not only the hot months of July and August, but the December and January severe winter as well.”
Xeriscaping is landscaping that uses low-water methods and plants. While it is commonly associated with rocks, cacti and yucca plants, the display garden in Edmond will show that it can include much more..
Junipers, honeysuckles, hollies, sages, cone flowers, sun flowers, butterfly bushes and irises are some of the 80 different types of lower-water use plants that will call the garden home. London said the roughly $65,000 project is beyond the preplanning stages and is about 75 percent complete.