The new Castaic Lake Water Agency Conservatory Garden and Learning Center is located above Central Park and is home to more than 300 varieties of drought-tolerant plants,
flowers and grasses, according to officials.
The garden is open to the public on Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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The great variety of plants on display means they provide information on plants with a great range of benefits to fill the needs of any particular landscape in the Santa Clarita Valley.
“The garden is broken up into different types of displays, with different types of plant materials,” said Tim Wheeler, a horticulturist and operator of the conservatory. “For fire-retardant landscaping, turf substitutes, different kinds of plants all with different kinds of themes,” said Wheeler.
The plants all have detailed signs with information on how to go about and what is beneficial about having one in your garden. That being said, the information provided at the conservatory is not limited to the plants.
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The conservatory serves as a great learning opportunity for homeowners and landscapers of Santa Clarita.
“There is a lot of not only plant material you can look at, but there’s also a lot of good advice on how to grow in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Wheeler. “Growing here is a real challenge, don’t feel bad about your thumb.”
“There is good information on how to use mulch, soil amendments, lots of different kinds of irrigation systems,” said Wheeler. “There’s a lot of good general purpose landscape information, that is water efficient [and] water conservative”
Even though the seven acre Conservation Garden is located near Central Park, you can visit them from almost anywhere through the Castaic Lake Water Agency website.
“You can find on our website, and visit our Google Earth, and take a look at our google places, and you’ll find a virtual tour of our garden” said Stephanie Anagnoson from the Castaic Lake Water Agency. “It will show you around, its a 360 degree view of our seven acres, it’s absolutely beautiful,” said Anagnoson.
Source: Santa Clarita News