The term Xeriscaping, derived from the Greek word “xeros” meaning dry, was coined in the 1970s in Denver, CO to mean water efficient landscaping.
Don’t be misled, however, into thinking of just deserts or cactus. Xeriscaping is a method of gardening wherever you live and can be applied to any type of garden design. It involves selecting plants that are appropriate to their site and creating a landscape that can be maintained with little supplemental watering.
If you are interested in knowing more Xeriscaping, the PTEC (Pinellas Technical Education Center) located at 901 34th Street, S. offers a wealth of information, including functional design, soil analysis, proper plant selection, use of munches and more.
You will learn how to grow healthier plants, use less fertilizers and pesticides and conserve on water usage. A win-win for water conservation and a healthier environment.
The half-acre garden center is a shopper’s paradise. About 5,000 plants are usually in stock, most ranging in price from $2 for a 1-gallon pot to $4 for a 3-gallon.
Garden tours are available Monday through Friday from 8am to 2pm. For information call: (727) 893-2500.