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A Cactus Garden Takes Shape

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The garden’s nearby water tower is an appropriate focal point reminding visitors of the need to carefully consider water in the landscape. Author’s photographs

The H Warren Buckner Cactus and Succulent Garden is a feature of the Water Conservation Garden, a five-acre demonstration garden at Cuyamaca College with a focused mission: “promoting water conservation in the Southern California landscape through programs and exhibits that educate and inspire the public.” The importance of this mission is becoming increasingly clear with each new prediction of water scarcity in our region. Events are planned at the Garden in association with Gardening Under Mediterranean Skies V in San Diego; the author will be a featured speaker.

When many Southern California gardeners hear the word xeriscape, an image of “zeroscape” comes to mind: a landscape with nothing but gravel and a few cactus scattered about. Here at the Water Conservation Garden, we knew that cactus and succulents had much more potential and, if treated with respect by a landscape designer, would result in a spectacular setting.

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