Established in 2004 in Boise, Idaho.
Owned and operated by Peggy Faith.
The word xeriscaping is a portmanteau of xeros
ξήρος (Greek for “dry”)
and landscaping, and xeriscape is used for this style of garden.
Xeriscaping refers to a method of landscape design
that minimizes water use.
Plants whose natural requirements are appropriate to the local climate
are emphasized, and care is taken to avoid losing
water to evaporation and run-off.
The specific plants used in xeriscaping depend upon the climate.
Xeriscaping is not the same as “zero-scaping”
(in which the designed landscape consists mostly of hard surfaces,
with a few plants as accent features),
Xeriscaping is also different from natural landscaping,
because the emphasis in xeriscaping is on selection
of plants for water conservation,
not necessarily selecting native plants.
Ecoregional Criteria Ecoregion III: Xeric West
Deserts and xeric shrublands is a biome characterized by,
relating to, or requiring only a small amount of moisture.
Deserts and xeric shrublands receive an annual average rainfall
of ten inches or less, and have an arid or hyperarid climate,
characterized by a strong moisture deficit, where annual
potential loss of moisture from evapotranspiration well exceeds
the moisture received as rainfall.
Deserts and xeric shrublands occur in tropical, subtropical,
and temperate climate regions. Desert soils tend to be sandy or rocky,
and low in organic materials. Saline or alkaline soils are common.
Plants and animals in deserts and xeric shrublands are adapted
to low moisture conditions.
Hyperarid regions are mostly devoid of vegetation and animal life,
and include rocky deserts and sand dunes.
Vegetation in arid climate regions can include sparse grasslands,
shrublands, and woodlands.
Plants adapted to arid climates are called xerophytes, and include succulent
geophytes, sclerophyll, and annual plants.
Animals, including insects, reptiles, arachnids, birds and mammals,
are frequently nocturnal to avoid moisture loss.