Water Conservation Tips from RBG!


Approximately 30% of the water used daily by a family of four in the U.S. is devoted to outdoor uses such as watering lawns and gardens.

Landscape irrigation uses more than 7 billion gallons per day nationwide.

(Facts taken from the U.S. EPA report, 2007)


Water conservation is an important concept at the Garden and we would like to share some of our ideas for conserving this natural resource.  It's not only good for the environment, but it saves money and provides optimal conditions for growing your plants!

  •  Use succulents, cacti or plants adapted to dry weather in your landscaping. Many examples of these plants can be seen throughout our garden and many specimens can be purchased from our Plant Sales House or on our Plant Sale days.
  • Mulching and adding water retaining organic matter to the soil will help keep the water you use available to your plants for a longer period of time.
  • Installing windbreaks and fences around your plants will help to slow winds and reduce water loss from both evaporation and plant transpiration.
  • Water in the early morning before the sun is intense to reduce water loss from evaporation.
  • Install rain gutters and collect the water from downspouts to use for your watering needs.
  • Use efficient watering methods. Trickle irrigation and drip irrigation systems help reduce water use by applying the water directly to the soil rather than onto the plant where the water will evaporate from leaf surfaces.
Mission Statement
The mission of the Ruth Bancroft Garden, Inc. is to preserve this exceptional example of garden design and to continue to develop its collection of water-conserving plants for the education and enjoyment of the public.
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