The Sin Agua Garden (‘garden without water’) is a desert landscape that thrives on harvested rainwater. Demonstrations in the garden include water harvesting, controlling and using of run-off water, and testing the adaptability of native plants in the extremely challenging conditions of alternating drought and flooding. The Sin Agua Garden features a variety of native shrubs, ephemerals, and small trees.
Located in the heart of the Park with beautiful views, the Sonoran Seasons Garden showcases the seasonal variations of the Arizona Upland, namely spring, dry summer, monsoon summer, fall, and winter in five sub-gardens. These sub-gardens highlight how the native plants of the region seasonally adapt to the changing seasons and include plantings of desert willow, ironwood, and ocotillo.
The Ethnobotanical Garden features a variety of indigenous plants that were cultivated the native peoples of the Southwest for food, medicine and other necessities, such as basket making and cultural ceremonies. The summer garden also features new crops that were introduced by Spanish and other Europeans settlers who flood-farmed the area.
The Cargill and Bradley Families Desert Living Courtyard is divided into 10 distinct garden vignettes that promote Xeriscape and offers great ideas for homeowners using native and arid-adapted plants in a variety of backyard landscapes. Each garden features a different landscape theme and design, along with creative water conservation ideas. The garden scenes include a Barrio Garden Layout, a Moorish Garden Layout, a Container Garden Layout, a Xeriscape Garden Layout, and a Wildlife Garden Layout. Other scenarios featured are a Dry Shade Garden Layout, Desert Pupfish, a Winter/Summer Garden Layout, a Meditation Garden Layout, an Outdoor Living Garden Layout, and a Utility Garden Layout. Things to Do in Tucson, Arizona: Tohono Chul Park - Photo: Gobchayatorn/Fotolia
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