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Gardens in our high desert can be truly beautiful without using much water, as can be seen in the photo above.  Many native plants can grow with minimal water in our landscaping, where they provide texture and color throughout the seasons. 
Xeriscaping is landscaping designed specifically for areas that are susceptible to drought, or for areas where water conservation is practiced. Derived from the Greek xeros meaning "dry," the term xeriscape means literally "dry landscape."   
There are a number of organizations that can provide information on xeriscaping, including the Community Garden group (with cactus garden), Master Gardeners in the Eldorado area, our local garden stores, landscaping consultants, and conservation groups.   Vista Grande Public Library has a collection of books and other materials that will help in landscaping and gardening practices that are water-wise.   
Below are some links to the many online sites for information on water-wise gardening. 

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