The Xeric Garden demonstrates how drought-tolerant plants and an efficient irrigation system combine to save water and create an attractive landscape.
Purpose and scope of the collection
The Xeric Garden combines with the East and North Malls to form the Arboretum Core and create the green heart of campus. The garden is an example of the use of native and other drought-tolerant species in a residential- scale landscape. It is a tool for monitoring the suitability of drought-tolerant plants for use in the arid urban environment of Las Vegas. The Xeric Garden is designed as an extension of the Barrick Museum of Natural History, creating an outdoor exhibit of plants indigenous to the four North American deserts, as well as plants introduced from Australia, South America, Mexico and the Mediterranean.
Demonstrate water-efficient gardening with drought-tolerant plants. Create a quiet, shady oasis in the heart of campus using shade structures, water features, benches, paving, and native stone. Create place for education, research, and social events.
Klinkhammer Bird Viewing Ramada
Collection — specific interpretations of this policy and special
Programs supported by the collection
Type of collection: Landscape
Year established: 1988
Guidelines created: June 2003
Last revised: March 2006
Proposed by: Dennis Swartzell, UNLV Facilities Manager
Jack W. Zunino, Landscape Architect
Location: At the east entrance to the Marjorie Barrick Museum and the courtyards of Wright Hall
Size: About 1.5 acres
Amenities: Over 9,000 square feet of paved pathways, benches, two ramadas for shade
Last inventoried: in progress
Number of species: n/a
Number of specimens: n/a