How It Works

Low-Water Gardening Made Easy

Garden In A Box offers a simple approach to water-wise gardening. The Center for ReSource Conservation’s professionally designed gardens contain perennial, Xeric (low-water) plants for your landscaping needs. Homeowners, communities, and HOAs can plant the gardens to replace turf, reduce watering requirements, and otherwise improve conservation practices for their landscapes.

Professional Designs, Expert Advice

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, your Garden In A Box will take the guesswork out of beautifying your landscape and reducing water use at the same time. Each garden kit comes with 14-30 starter plants, a comprehensive Plant and Care Guide, 1-3 plant by number maps, educational resources about water conservation practices and the principles of Xeriscape, and other valuable information that helps you support water conservation with sustainable practices.

Save more – apply your discount!

Garden discounts are offered in partnership with local and regional water utilities and municipalities. Gardens are also available to customers outside these partnerships and are very competitively priced. To see if you qualify for a discount through your city, take our eligibility quiz.

FAQs

What is a “Garden In A Box” and what does it include?

Most simply put, “Garden In A Box” is an easy, professionally designed, do it yourself Xeric (low water) perennial garden or veggie garden kit.

Gardens include 14-30 starter plants that come in either 4-inch or 2.5-inch pots. These plants come in rectangular 2 ft. x 1 ft. trays (see photo below), and will be hardened-off and ready to plant when you pick them up!

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Each garden also includes 1-3 professionally designed plant by number maps that make it easy to install your own perennial or vegetable garden at home, and a comprehensive Plant and Care Guide that includes everything you will need to know to prepare for, plant, and maintain your new garden.

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How do I get my Garden In A Box?

All gardens will be available for pick up at one of our convenient distribution locations during the months of May and early June. (For the complete 2017 Garden In A Box pick up schedule, see below.) To select your pick up, you must “Proceed to Checkout” on our online store where you will then be prompted to select your pick up location, date, and time. We do not ship our plants.

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Where are the 2017 Garden In A Box pick up locations?

  • Saturday May 6th
    • Boulder County, ReSource, 6400 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, 9am-12pm
    • Arvada/Westminster, Municipal Service Center, 6575 W 88th Ave, Westminster, 9am-12pm
  • Thursday May 11th
    • Loveland, Loveland Service Center, 200 North Wilson Ave, 4-7pm
  • Saturday May 13th
    • Golden, Public Works/Planning Office, 1445 10th St, 9am-12pm
    • Longmont, Izaak Walton Clubhouse, 18 S. Sunset St, 9am-12pm
    • South Denver/Highlands Ranch, Greenwood Village City Hall, 6060 S. Quebec St, 9am-12pm
  • Thursday May 18th
    • Adams County (Thornton, Northglenn, Brighton), Adams County Fairgrounds, North Parking Lot at Waymire Dome, 9755 Henderson Rd, Brighton, CO 80601, 4-7pm
  • Saturday May 20th
    • Denver, Auraria Campus, Elm Parking Lot, 1201 5th St, 9am-12pm
      • Only pick up date and location for Rain Barrels
    • Boulder County, JAX Mercantile, 400 W South Boulder Rd, Lafayette, 9am-12pm
    • Greeley and Windsor, Greeley Xeric Garden, 2503 Reservoir Rd, 9am-12pm
  • Wednesday May 24th
    • Arvada, Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St, 4-7pm
  • Thursday May 25th
    • Denver, Force Elementary School, 1550 S. Wolff St, 4-7pm
  • Thursday June 1st
    • Boulder County, ReSource, 6400 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, 4-7pm
  • Saturday June 3rd
    • Castle Rock, Castle Rock Water, 175 Kellogg Court, 9am-12pm
    • Denver, Edison Elementary School, 3350 Quitman St, 9am-12pm
    • Fort Collins, Front Range Community College, 4616 S. Shields Street, 9am-12pm 

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Can someone else pick up my garden?

Absolutely. Just make sure that they know the first and last name on the order and what exactly you ordered. 

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When do gardens go on sale?

Typically, gardens go on sale during the first week of March, and, depending on availability, sales close in late May or early June.

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Does my Garden In A Box come with or in a box?

No, not exactly. Your Garden In A Box can easily be planted in a raised bed or garden “box,” but it does not include an actual box to plant the garden in. For full details on what your Garden In A Box does include, see above – “What is a ‘Garden In A Box’ and what does it include?”

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Will the garden/s fit in my car?

Probably, but this will depend on how many gardens you have purchased. Each garden will come with either one or two 2 ft. x 1 ft. trays of plants, so please plan accordingly.

Gardens with one 2 ft. x 1 ft. tray:
• Pollinators’ Paradise
• Xeric Greatest Hits
• Spaghetti Dinner

Gardens with two 2 ft. x 1 ft. trays:
• Sunset Garden
• Honey Bee Heaven
• Rocky Mountain Retreat
• Seasons of Shade

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Can I change my order or pick up date?

Yes. If you need to make changes to your order or pick up day please contact our customer service staff as soon as possible and we will make every effort to accommodate you. All changes must be made at least 10 days prior to your pick up or they cannot be guaranteed. Call 303.999.3820 x222 or email gardeninfo@conservationcenter.org.

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Where do the plants come from?

All of our plants are born and raised in Colorado. Our perennial plants come from Little Valley Wholesale Nursery in Brighton, one of the largest and most reputable nurseries in Colorado, and Gulley Greenhouse and Garden Center in Fort Collins. Our all-organic vegetable plants are grown at Elliott Gardens in Denver.

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Have the plants been treated with neonicotinoids?

No. None of our plants have ever been treated with neonicotinoids.

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One of my plants died, can I get a replacement?

Garden In A Box is a living product and we will make every effort to provide you with healthy, viable plants at the time of pickup. If a plant you receive is unhealthy, please let us know within 48 hours of your pick up and we will do our best to replace your plant. After 48 hours in your care we are no longer responsible for the health of the plants. Call 303.999.3820 x222 or email gardeninfo@conservationcenter.org.

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When should I plant my Garden In A Box?

We recommend planting after the last frost date for Colorado, which is usually around May 15th. Even still, be sure to check the weather before planting, as Colorado is known for its unpredictable weather!

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Does CRC offer planting services?

Garden In A Box is designed as a do it yourself program, and, unfortunately, we do not have the staff capacity to offer planting services. If you are unable to plant your garden for any reason, consider asking a friend or a landscaper for assistance!

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How much sunlight will the plants require?

We offer both full sun and partial shade gardens. Our full sun plants require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day, and our shade garden plants require at least 4 hours of direct or indirect sunlight per day.

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How do I claim my $25 discount?

You may be eligible for a $25 discount on our pre-planned Xeriscape garden collection through your water provider. To claim your discount you will have to first “Proceed to Check Out” in the garden store where you will be prompted to select your water provider. Your discount(s) should then automatically be applied to your order.

Discounts are limited, so make sure you order your garden sooner rather than later!

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Who is eligible for a $25 discount?

Residents in participating cities can receive a $25 discount as long as discounts are still available.

* The Xeric Greatest Hits and Spaghetti Dinner gardens are not eligible for the $25 discount.

* Rain Barrel discounts are available for Denver Water customers only.

2017 Participating cities include:

  • Arvada (SOLD OUT)
  • Boulder (SOLD OUT)
  • Brighton (SOLD OUT)
  • Castle Rock (SOLD OUT)
  • Centennial Water (SOLD OUT)
  • Denver (SOLD OUT)
  • Erie (SOLD OUT)
  • Frederick
  • Fort Collins (SOLD OUT)
  • Golden (SOLD OUT)
  • Greeley (SOLD OUT)
  • Lafayette (SOLD OUT)
  • Longmont (SOLD OUT)
  • Louisville (SOLD OUT)
  • Loveland
  • Northglenn (SOLD OUT)
  • Superior
  • Thornton (SOLD OUT)
  • Westminster (SOLD OUT)
  • Windsor

Whether you reside in a participating city or not, you may purchase a garden without the discount.

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What is your return policy?

Refunds are accepted until 10 business days prior to your requested pick up. Once you have received your garden there are no exchanges or returns. See Replacement Plant policy above for plant-health related issues.

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Who should I contact if I have additional questions about Garden In A Box?

Please call 303.999.3820 x222 or email gardeninfo@conservationcenter.org with any and all questions.

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