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Right Plants, Right Place: Creating and Managing a Large Landscape with Limited Water

Too often, we try to re-create landscapes based on nostalgia and expectations that don’t match our actual water availability and climate. Bridger Varga, landscape manager at Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, has worked to create and maintain a school landscape in rural Utah where water is limited and irrigation is restricted. By choosing the right plants, and allowing them to naturalize, he has created a unique landscape that still fits into the arid environment and becomes an example of sustainability for students, faculty and the wider community.  Bridger will discuss the challenges and opportunities he has encountered creating this landscape.  

Created by Adrea Wheaton