The district manages two water conservation gardens in St. George. The gardens serve as an educational, social and recreational amenity for public use. Gardens are open daily, during daylight hours.
Gardening workshops, hosted by the district, are held frequently at the gardens and cover a wide range of topics. See the 2018 workshop schedule here.
1851 S. Dixie Dr. in the Tonaquint Park
The Garden is a two-acre water-wise demonstration garden designed to
showcase water-efficient landscapes while educating community members on
water conservation, growing/planting/pruning tips, best irrigation
practices, native and climate-appropriate vegetation types and more.
The Garden, which was dedicated on October 24, 2002, is funded and
maintained by Washington County Water Conservancy District in cooperation
with the City of St. George. Grants from the United States Bureau of
Reclamation helped establish the project. Costanza & Associates, a
Utah-based landscape architect firm, provided the original design and Utah
State University Cooperative Extension is an educational partner.
Red Hills Desert Garden
375 E. Red Hills Parkway
Red Hills Desert Garden is Utah’s first interactive garden featuring
water-efficient desert landscapes, endangered species and prehistoric
dinosaur tracks in one central location.
The nearly 4.5-acre garden features nearly 5,000 water-efficient plants,
a replica slot canyon, clear acrylic panels revealing rarely seen native
endangered fish, a display of unearthed dinosaur tracks and other
prehistoric trace fossils found onsite, meandering trails, shade structures
and more – all set in a picturesque location with Washington County’s
signature red hills to the north and panoramic city views to the south.
The garden, which opened in 2015, enhances the existing educational,
recreational and social amenities available to residents and guests. It’s a
collective project of the Washington County Water Conservancy District,
City of St. George and Virgin River Program.