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 March. Pick up your pre-ordered garden at your selected location in May. It’s that easy. View our 2019 Spring Garden Collection

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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Find out if you qualify for a $25 garden discount through your water provider. 


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. 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.

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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 and June. (For the complete 2019 Garden In A Box pickup schedule, see below.) 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 Spring 2019 Garden In A Box season has come to an end, please check back here in mid-July when Fall Gardens go on sale! In addition, we’re hosting two more Perennial Plant Sales Saturday, June 15th in Greenwood Village and Fort Collins.

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Can someone else pick up my garden?

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 do gardens go on sale?

Typically, 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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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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Will the garden(s) fit in my car?

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
  • Spring Awakening
  • Xeric Greatest Hits
  • Homegrown Harvest

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

  • Summer’s Dream
  • Native Meadows
  • Alpine Glow
  • Bees ‘n’ Blooms

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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 gardeninfo@resourcecentral.org.

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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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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 gardeninfo@resourcecentral.org.

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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 around 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 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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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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How do I claim my $25 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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Who is eligible for a $25 discount?

Residents in participating cities can receive a $25 discount as long as discounts are still available.

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

City of Arvada   |  City of Brighton  |  Town of Castle Rock  |  Centennial Water & Sanitation District  |   Cottonwood Water District   |   Town of Eaton  |  Town of Erie  |  City of Fort Collins  |  Fort Collins Loveland Water District  |  Town of Frederick  |  City of Golden  |  City of Greeley  |  City of Lafayette  |  Town of Lochbuie  |  City of Longmont  |  City of Louisville  |  Loveland Water & Power  |  Town of Lyons  |  City of Northglenn  |  Roxborough Water & Sanitation  |  Town of Superior  |  City of Thornton  |  City of Westminster

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!

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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 above for plant-health related issues.

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Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

Please call 303.999.3820 x222 or email gardeninfo@resourcecentral.org with any and all questions. We love to talk gardens!

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More Questions?
Send us an email (gardeninfo@resourcecentral.org) or give us a call (303-999-3820 x 222). We’d be happy to help; we love chatting about gardening!