Water Provider Sponsored Discounts

Resource Central partners with local water districts to offer this Garden In A Box program. Participating water providers offer a limited number of $25 discounts to encourage their residents to save water on their landscapes. These discounts are first come, first served, and are applied at checkout.

Find out if you qualify for a Garden In A Box water provider discount (or other water-saving programs) with our eligibility quiz below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? You’re not alone! Browse our FAQs and find the details you need.

What is a Garden In A Box and what does it include?

Garden In A Box is an easy, professionally designed, DIY perennial garden kit. These kits are intended to encourage replacing unused sections of water-thirsty lawn with these xeric kits to reduce outdoor water usage!

Xeric gardens include 14-30 starter plants* that come in 4-inch pots. We also offer a vegetable garden in the spring and the 32 vegetable starts are in 2-inch pots. All gardens come in rectangular 2 ft. x 1 ft. trays (see photo below), and will be hardened-off and ready to plant when you pick them up!  *When necessary, Resource Central will select appropriate plant substitutions.

Additionally, gardens include up to four professionally designed plant by number maps that make it easy to install your perennial or vegetable garden. The comprehensive Plant and Care Guide and Garden Info Sheets include planting, watering, and maintenance suggestions to support you in caring for your new garden. No, this garden does not come in or with a planter box.

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When are gardens available for purchase?

Fall 2021 Garden In A Box kits go on sale in early summer. Sign up here to be notified as soon as the gardens go on sale. We anticipate a big interest this year, so please order early for the best selection.

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Am I eligible for a $25 Water Provider discount?

Participating water districts supply a limited number of discounts. Residents in participating water districts can claim a $25 discount as long as discounts are still available. These discounts are first come, first served, and are applied at checkout, if available.*

The following Water Providers are partnering with Resource Central to offer discounts in fall 2021: Arvada, Brighton, Broomfield, Centennial WSD, East Cherry Creek Valley, Eaton, Frederick, Golden, Greeley, Lafayette,  Lochbuie, Louisville, Pinery WWD, Thornton, and Westminster.

Whether or not you reside in a participating water district, you may purchase a garden without a discount at an affordable price! There may even be a pickup location near you!   

*Note: Greatest Hits and Homegrown Harvest are not eligible for the $25 discount.

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How do I claim my $25 Water Provider discount?

To claim a water provider discount, once gardens have been added to your online shopping cart simply select your water provider from the dropdown and click Apply Discount. You will see the $25 discount applied in the Review Cart section. You will need to check the box indicating you certify the water provider you selected is accurate before Proceeding To Checkout. See the answer to “Am I eligible for $25 discount?” for a list of participating water providers.

Discounts are limited!

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Are gardens mailed?

No, we do not ship our plants. All gardens must be picked up at one of our distribution locations across the Front Range. Contactless curbside style pickups occur in May for the spring season or early September for the fall season. Select your pickup dates and time at checkout. 

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Where are the Garden In A Box pick up locations?

The fall 2021 pickup event schedule is TBD.

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Can I change my order or pickup date?

If you need to make changes to your order or pickup date please contact our customer service staff as soon as possible and we will make every effort to accommodate you. All changes must be made at least 10 days prior to your pickup date or they cannot be guaranteed. Call 303-999-3820 ext. 222 or email gardeninfo@resourcecentral.org.

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Will the gardens fit in my car when I pickup?

Probably, but this will depend on how many gardens you have purchased! Each garden will come with either one or two 2 ft. x 1 ft. trays of plants, so please plan accordingly.

Gardens with one 2 ft. x 1 ft. tray:

  • Mountain Medley
  • Colorado Oasis
  • Naturally Native

Gardens with two 2 ft. x 1 ft. trays:

Can someone else pick up my garden on my behalf?

Absolutely! Just make sure that they know the first and last name on the order and which gardens you ordered.

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When should I plant my Garden In A Box?

We recommend planting after the last spring frost date in Colorado, which is usually after May 15th, however, this date is even shifting closer to Memorial Day. Fall is also a fabulous time to plant perennials! In the fall, we recommend planting at least a month before the first hard frost date, which is usually mid-October. Either season, be sure to check the weather before planting, as Colorado is known for its unpredictable weather!

The ideal times of day to plant are in the early morning or in the evening. The cool temperatures and gentle sunlight reduce stress on new plants.

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Does Resource Central offer planting services?

Garden In A Box is designed as a do-it-yourself program, and, unfortunately, we do not have the staff capacity to offer planting services. If you are unable to plant your garden for any reason, consider asking a friend, neighbor, grandchild, or a landscaper for assistance! To search for landscapers try the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) website.

We do now offer a new Lawn Removal Service. Learn more here.

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What is your return or refund policy?

Refunds are accepted until 10 business days prior to your requested pickup. Once you have received your garden there are no exchanges or returns. See Replacement Plant policy below for plant-health related issues.

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One of my plants died. Can I get a replacement?

Garden In A Box is a living product and we make every effort to provide you with healthy, viable plants at the time of pickup. If a plant you receive is unhealthy, please let us know within 48 hours of your pick up and we will do our best to replace your plant. After 48 hours in your care, we are no longer responsible for the health of the plants. Call 303-999-3820 ext. 222 or email gardeninfo@resourcecentral.org.

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Where do the plants come from?

All of our plants are grown here in Colorado. Little Valley Wholesale Nursery in Brighton, CO provides our perennial plants. Our vegetable plants come from Elliott Gardens in Denver, CO.

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Have the plants been treated with neonicotinoids?

No. None of our plants have ever been treated with neonicotinoids.

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Does my Garden In A Box come with or in a planter box?

No. It’s just a catchy name! Your Garden In A Box can easily be planted directly in the ground, a raised bed, or a garden “box,” but the kit does not include an actual box to plant the garden in. For full details on what your Garden In A Box does include, see question above – “What is a Garden In A Box and what does it include?”

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How much sunlight do the plants require?

We offer full sun, adaptable (full sun that also thrive in part shade), and part-shade gardens. Our full sun plants require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day, and our part shade plants require at least 4 hours of direct or indirect sunlight per day.

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Still have questions?  Check out our Garden Resources page here. Or call us at 303-999-3820 ext. 222 or email gardeninfo@resourcecentral.org.