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The award-winning Xeriscape Botanical Garden (at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.) began its initial construction in June of 1990. Since that time, the garden has grown to nearly four acres in size with more than 400 species of plants. To help visitors identify the large number of low-water-use plants displayed, many of the plants are labeled with common and botanical names. Considered one of the best demonstration gardens in the state, there are interesting plants for all to enjoy.
The garden is open to the public every day of the year. By walking the garden paths, you’ll see plants at their mature size, find examples of good plant combinations and discover ideas for your landscape. There is no cost to walk through the garden. It is recommended you bring a note pad and pen to write down names of plants you would like in your yard.
Come check out the water conservation-themed artwork at the Glendale Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, located on the southeast corner of the Glendale Public Library at 5959 W. Brown Street. The artwork consists of a decorative wall, entitled “Desert Plant and Animal Adaptations,” and two sculptures, entitled “The Blue Planet” and “The Watershed.”
In 2005, the city of Glendale Water Conservation Office received an “Art in the Garden” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the city of Glendale. 40 students, from the Sahuaro Ranch ElementarySchool AM/PM Recreation Program site, created water conservation-themed artwork with sculptor and artist-in-residence, Juanita Hull-Carlson. In addition to making art, students participated in eight different water conservation activities adapted from Project W.E.T. (Water Education for Teachers).
Over 250 community volunteers were involved with “Art in the Garden,” including Friends of the Garden volunteers, library patrons, Glendale Community Center teens, neighbors, and Girl Scouts.
The Glendale Habitat Garden is located near the south entrance of the Glendale Main Library. Showcasing native Sonoran Desert plants and plenty of shade, it provides hospitable habitat for plants, wildlife, and people. Interpretive signage, funded by the Arizona Game and Fish Department Heritage Fund, features simple ways to attract wildlife.
Click here for more information on how to create a wildlife-friendly garden.
The Cactus Garden is located north of the Main Library’s parking lot. Containing over 250 different species of cacti and succulents, it is one of the most popular and most photographed areas of the Xeriscape Garden. The east end of the Cactus Garden features mostly native Sonoran Desert plants, while the west end features desert adapted plants from other countries, such as Africa and South America.
Glendale Tree Trail
Located at the Glendale Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, the Glendale Tree Trail features small- and medium-sized trees better suited for most residential landscapes where space may be tight. Click here for information about the Tree Trail.
Glendale Rain Garden
The Glendale Rain Garden, located at the front entrance of the Glendale Main Library, features rainwater harvesting and native Sonoran Desert plants. Using rainwater, from the library’s roof, the Rain Garden slows, spreads, and sinks rainwater where it is directly used by native plants.
Click here to view an interactive map of the rain garden.
Desert Food Forest
The 3,000-square foot Desert Food Forest is located at the Glendale Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. Funded by an Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management grant, the Food Forest was installed in 2018 to replace the outdated south area of the Demonstration Garden. Click here to learn more.
Tales from the Garden
This free, colorful booklet provides a brief history of the garden with select descriptions of plants found in the garden. CLICK HERE to download an online version.
Free Field Trips at the Glendale Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
With over 400 species of low-water-use plants,
the Glendale Xeriscape Demonstration Garden is a unique setting for students and teachers to
discover more about the diversity of plant life in the Sonoran desert. Click here for information about the FREE program as well as a request form.
Friends of the Garden Volunteers
Water Services Department,
Conservation & Sustainable Living Division
POSITION SUMMARY: The Friends of the Garden (F.O.G.) volunteers assist the Glendale Water Conservation Office in maintaining the award-winning Glendale Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, located at the Glendale Main Library. F.O.G. volunteers assist in the care and upkeep of the garden, participate in monthly group workdays, help at special events, assist in the Water Conservation Office, and act as garden ambassadors. Click here for more information about volunteering.