How It Works

The perfect yard is three steps away

STEP 1: Buy it.

Decide where you want to plant your beautiful, low-water garden. Pick the perfect Garden In A Box for your unique space and sun exposure. Click to order it online starting in mid-July. Pick up your pre-ordered garden at your selected location in September. It’s that easy.

STEP 2: Plant it.

Use the simple plant-by-number map to lay out your garden design. Follow the instructions in the plant and care guide for info on watering and caring for your plants during their first year and beyond.

STEP 3: Enjoy it. 

Sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor! With less watering and mowing needed, you have more time to enjoy your summer – not to mention your new, colorful patch of native Colorado paradise.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Most simply put, “Garden In A Box” is an easy, professionally designed, do it yourself xeric (low water) perennial garden or vegetable garden kit.

Gardens include 14-30 starter plants* that come in 4-inch pots. Vegetable starter plants come in 2-inch pots (veggie gardens are sold during spring season only). All plants 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 shall select appropriate plant substitutions.

Each garden also includes 1-4 professionally designed plant by number maps that make it easy to install your own perennial or vegetable garden at home, and a comprehensive Plant and Care Guide that includes everything you will need to know to prepare for, plant, and maintain your new garden. No, your garden does not come in or with a planter box.

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When are gardens available for purchase?

Typically, spring gardens go on sale during the first week of March, and, depending on availability, sales close in late May.  For the fall season, gardens go on sale in July and, depending on availability, will continue through mid-September.

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Am I eligible for a $25 Water Provider discount?

Residents in participating water districts can receive a $25 discount as long as discounts are still available. These discounts are first come, first served and are applied at checkout.

Whether you reside in a participating water district or not, you may purchase a garden without the discount. There may even be a pickup location near you!   * Xeric 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?

You may be eligible for a $25 discount on our pre-planned xeric garden collection through your water provider. To claim your discount you will first “Proceed to Checkout” in the garden store where you will be prompted to select your water provider. Click Apply Discount to automatically apply the water provider discount to your order. See answer to below “Who is eligible for $25 discount?” for a list of participating water providers.

Discounts are limited; to optimize savings be sure to order sooner rather than later!

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How do I get my Garden In A Box?

All gardens will be available for pickup at one of our convenient distribution locations during May. To select your pickup, you must “Proceed to Checkout” on our online store where you will then be prompted to select your pickup location, date, and time. We do not ship our plants.

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Where are the 2019 Garden In A Box pick up locations?

The fall Garden In A Box season will come to a close after the September 21st pickup event in Fort Collins. The spring season will begin in March 2020, so be sure to check back here to view the new garden collection and choose a pickup event!

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Can I change my order or pickup date?

Yes. 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 pick up or they cannot be guaranteed. Call 303.999.3820 x222 or email

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

No, not exactly. Your Garden In A Box can easily be planted in a raised bed or garden “box,” but it does not include an actual box to plant the garden in. For full details on what your Garden In A Box does include, see above – “What is a ‘Garden In A Box’ and what does it include?”

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How much sunlight will the plants require?

We offer both full sun and partial shade gardens. Our full sun plants require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day, and our shade plants require at least 4 hours of direct or indirect sunlight per day.

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When should I plant my Garden In A Box?

We recommend planting after the last frost date in Colorado, which is usually after May 15th. Fall is also a great time to plant! In the fall, we recommend planting before the first frost date, which is usually the beginning of 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 early morning and 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 or a landscaper for assistance! To search for landscapers try the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) website.

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What is your return 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 will 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 x222 or email

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Where do the plants come from?

All of our plants are born and raised in Colorado. Our perennial plants come from Little Valley Wholesale Nursery in Brighton, CO and Gulley Greenhouse and Garden Center in Fort Collins, CO. 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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Will the garden(s) fit in my car at the pickup event?

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:

  • Pollinator’s Paradise
  • Mountain Moonlight
  • Xeric Greatest Hits

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

  • Butterfly Bounty
  • Shades of Summer
  • Rocky Mountain Retreat
  • Mountain Shadows

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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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More Questions?
Send us an email ( or give us a call (303-999-3820 x 222). We’d be happy to help. We love to talk gardens!