Landscape Leadership

Courtney Brown, Conservation Garden Park


We’ve all seen it—a business or institution watering in the middle of the day with sprinklers spraying in the street and all over the sidewalk. The waste is highly visible and can be frustrating to witness. Fortunately, many businesses and institutions in Utah have have started making improvements to the way they landscape and water. Now a new grant program funded by Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District is making it even easier for businesses and institutions to change.

The Landscape Leadership Grant Program provides funding based on estimated water savings for highly visible landscape projects. The grant is available in much of Salt Lake County to businesses, institutions, builders, developers, and home-owner associations. Here are a few of the organizations that are leading the way to a sustainable future by installing and promoting water-efficient landscapes:

Garbett Homes has made Localscapes® design principles the standard for all their new home landscapes. As such, the company is taking advantage of Landscape Leadership Grant funds to install Localscapes® on all the homes in their new Granite Legacy subdivision located at the site of the old Granite High School in the City of South Salt Lake. Phase one of this project will conserve approximately 964,472 gallons annually.

The City of Taylorsville recently converted a defunct swim club into a half-acre neighborhood park featuring a pavilion/barbeque area, playground, open lawn area, and a sidewalk loop. The impressive design of Cabana Park has the full functionality of any traditional park but uses lawn in a central open shape rather than as the default ground cover. As a result, Cabana Park will save approximately 392,900 gallons annually.

Jordan Academy of Technology and Careers (JATC) South Campus, located in Riverton, is in the process of converting a neglected property into a two-acre water-efficient public demonstration garden. The project is already providing hands-on instructional and educational opportunities for students in the Landscape Management program and members of the community. Because of its smart design using functional lawn areas and drip irrigation for plants, the demonstration garden will save approximately 1,109,252 gallons annually.

SS Equities, LLC recently renovated a commercial property located in a busy industrial area of West Valley City. Along with the building, the surrounding landscape was renovated in a water-efficient fashion. The lawn area was reduced, decorative rock was brought in, and a variety of plants and ornamental grasses watered with drip irrigation were added. The new landscape will save approximately 184,345 gallons annually.

The Salt Lake Homebuilders Association is relocating to a new office in Draper which will be surrounded by beautiful lush landscaping showcasing to the industry what the new standard is for modern landscapes. The project features a variety of plants, mulches, and hardscapes which provide color and variety to the site. When compared to a traditional landscape, this new commercial landscape will save approximately 596,168 gallons annually.

By implementing a Utah-friendly and water-efficient design, these projects look gorgeous without water waste. We applaud each of these grant recipients for taking a proactive step to protect Utah’s water supply. To learn more about this funding opportunity visit[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]