Low-Water Gardening Made Easy

The Garden In A Box program makes it easy to transform your yard into a beautiful, drought-tolerant oasis helping you to use less water on your landscaping year after year. Each spring and summer, we offer a selection of professionally designed, low-water garden kits tailor-made for Colorado yards. These do-it-yourself kits include quart-sized perennial plants, plant-by-number maps, seasonal maintenance suggestions, and watering schedule recommendations. Ditch thirsty turf grass and plant a new perspective with Garden In A Box! 

How it Works

The Garden In A Box program offers two times to purchase gardens during the gardening season:

    • Pre-order in March for pickup and planting in May and June.
    • Pre-order in June for pickup and planting in August and September.
  1. Join the Interest List for all 2024 Garden Season news and updates.
  2. Measure your space and determine the sun exposure.
  3. Pre-order your Garden In A Box online here.
  4. Remove lawn, if needed.
    Our kits are designed to replace sections of non-functional lawns for the most water-saving impact.
  5. Pick up your Garden In A Box order.
  6. Plant and mulch your Garden In A Box.
  7. After the first year, dial back the water and begin saving.
Garden In A Box Benefits: Watering can icon with the text "Save Water with Low Water Plants" Hand with seedling icon with the text "Easy - Green Thumbs Not Required" Three flower icons with the text "Start Plants for Instant Curb Appeal" Butterfly icon with the text "Attract the 'Locals'" Shopping tag with leaf icon with the text "Pro Design Without The Cost" Photos in the shape of a hexagon: purple flowers, woman kneeling in garden with plant by number plan, orange flowers with butterfly

55% of residential water use on the Front Range is used outdoors, mostly on lawns!

As a small nonprofit, we rely on volunteer support to help distribute these Garden In A Box kits to thousands of customers across the Front Range each year. Volunteering at garden pickup events is a fun way to support low-water landscaping in your community and meet others who share your love for gardening. We need volunteers during May, June, August, and September.

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Helping Rebuild after Marshall Fire

Resource Central and Community Foundation Boulder County are partnering to offer up to 200 square feet of waterwise garden kits to Marshall Fire affected homes in Boulder County. Learn more here.

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Community Reviews

4.8 star rating

4.8 star rating overall

“Thank you! This is the best program. We wanted to xeriscape our yard, but the price tag and knowledge of the plants were out of range. This made it possible and our front yard is gorgeous now. Thank you so much!”

Fort Collins Utilities Participant, 2023

“What initially attracted me to the program, in addition to water conservation, was that you offered native Colorado plants. A huge bonus was the high quality information that was provided with my box. The info is amazing and has helped me attend to my garden in a whole new way. I dare say my thumb might be getting greener with your support! Thank you!”

East Cherry Creek Valley WSD Participant, 2023

“Ordering was super easy, pickup was very organized and quick, and the planting guides were incredibly helpful! Love this program and how simple it makes creating a novice xeriscape garden so that anyone can do it.”

City of Greeley Participant, 2023

Want to offer a Garden In A Box program to your residents or customers? Learn about water conservation partnerships here.


Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Email the Garden In A Box team or call us at 303-999-3820 x222.