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Water Conservation Landscape

Located along Old Penitentiary Road, this one-acre garden greets visitors as they approach the entrance to the parking area.

This garden is planted on a large berm that was constructed in 2006 to prevent spring runoff from flooding the Idaho State Historical Society building. Apart from enhancing the entrance to the garden, the Water Conservation Landscape serves as an educational tool for drought tolerant landscaping, featuring an array of plants that not only conserve water, but are aesthetically appealing and pollinator friendly. Additional water-saving techniques like drip irrigation and mulch are also on display.


This garden was designed by Madeline George Garden Design and was developed with generous funding from United Water. Supplies were donated by Rain Bird and Silver Creek Supply. The garden features an interpretive sign and plant labels to assist visitors in developing their own waterwise gardens. A plant list is available upon request.