Native Plant Demonstration Gardens

Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre Eco Club

Admire the native garden created by the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre Eco Club, when you walk the Centennial Trail in Rossland. The Eco Club hopes to inspire others to invest in the stewardship of our pathways that are enjoyed daily by residents all year long. Check out their Seed Collection Video for a peek into the building of the native garden. Photo credits: Ivy Miller.







Regional District of Central Kootenay Xeriscape Demonstration Garden

The In operation since 2010, the RDCK Water Smart Ambassador Program provides free assessments of your outdoor watering needs through irrigation and xeriscaping assessments during the summer months. The program also developed a Xeriscape Demonstration Garden next to the parking for Crescent Valley Beach. The Water Smart Ambassador Program was originally developed by the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) to address high seasonal outdoor water use and help achieve the basin wide reduction goal of 20% in the Columbia Basin.

The Water Smart Ambassador Program focuses on smarter landscape and garden choices with xeriscaping theory in mind. In short, xeriscaping is the use of native, drought tolerant plants. Xeriscaping theory involves seven principles that allow us to continue enjoying our outdoor spaces while using less water and lowering maintenance time and costs.

The seven principles include planning and design, soil preparation, practical turf areas, selection of appropriate plants, mulching, efficient irrigation and maintenance. Using this method allows us to create eco-friendly landscapes that reduce water consumption and promote climate resilience.