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 workshop schedule here.
Throughout the gardens, water-efficient landscaping is identified with name plates and scannable codes allowing guests to learn more about the various plants, trees, and shrubs. The gardens are an example of how to incorporate native and climate-appropriate vegetation to make landscapes beautiful and water smart.
Red Hills Desert Garden
375 E. Red Hills Parkway, St. George
Red Hills Desert Garden is Utah’s premier interactive garden featuring water-efficient desert landscapes, endangered species and prehistoric dinosaur tracks in one central location.
The nearly five-acre garden features 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, is funded and maintained by the Washington County Water Conservancy District in cooperation with the City of St. George and Virgin River Program.
Visit redhillsdesertgarden.com for more information.
1851 S. Dixie Dr. in the Tonaquint Park, St. George
The Garden at Tonaquint Park 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 in 2002, is funded and maintained by the Washington County Water Conservancy District in cooperation with the City of St. George.
295 W. Buena Vista Blvd, Washington
The Boilers: A Natural Spring and Conservation Garden opened in Washington City in October 2020. The park includes a natural spring swimming area, playground, pickleball courts, pavilion, and walking paths through a water conservation garden that was created in partnership with the Washington County Water Conservancy District. Click here for more information on this Washington City park.