Plant Select Demonstration Garden

A Plant Select demonstration garden that is a project of the Colorado Master Gardeners at the CSU Summit County Extension.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Garden Challenges

The Sue Cruth Memorial Garden is located at 9000' elevation with short summers and irregular irrigation. Soils are alkaline and tend to be coarse in Summit County and this garden is no exception. There is generally snow cover during the winter months, however fall can be dry before the snow flies and spring can have wildly fluctuating temperatures once the snow has melted and it is mud season. These are just some of the unique challenges that most Summit County gardeners face. Low maintenance gardens that add sustainability to our landscapes is what most of us want. The demonstration garden is one way to trial plants and study their suitability for this high altitude environment.

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