The Backyard Demonstration Garden brings together a variety of planting areas that include low-water native plants; organically
grown vegetables in raised beds; a native grass lawn; medicinal herbs; an espalier
fruit tree fence; a grape trellis; a small pond; and a rose arbor
framing a seating area. It is an edible landscape designed to fit in an area about 1440 square feet, the size
of the average urban backyard.
Designed by Lyn Howe and Geoff Rauch, the demonstration garden
incorporates a large number of plants in a water-wise design,
all watered with a drip irrigation system. Plants have been placed in hydrozones,
forming small plant communities with similar water, soil, and light needs.