Three men hunch low to the ground examining something closely. "Western ragweed, 8%," says the white-haired man wearing a floppy fisherman's hat. "Cheatgrass, 5%; hound's tongue, 5%; whitetop 10%," he continues without hesitation. A young woman standing near the scrum scribbles furiously as the plant names are spoken. "Are we doing this in Latin or common names?" asks another of the men. Latin is better, they decide and then move on, continuing with both common and Latin names.
The Conservation Garen Park gives visitors a hands-on method of demonstrating the principles of water conservation that is so fun it doesn't feel like work. Plus: Lauren Springer Ogden, author of Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens, visits the park.
In the arid high desert, planning ahead will help you make the most of your precious water.
Despite the fact that many of us have watched animals stroll two by two toward a large boat in the west desert over the last few months, we actually live in high desert country and are entering a dry spell. July is usually the driest month in Salt Lake City with an average of .72 in. total precipitation for the 31 days. Utah is the second driest state in the nation, bested only by Nevada. Given these facts, it’s increasingly important to become water-wise if you’re not there already.
Here are practical pointers that will help you make the most of your water resources—and, if you really want to know what’s going on out there—a microcosmic peering into the cellular life that’s raging in your very own plot.