The demonstration garden is located east of the GVM office. It was created in 1997 with the purpose of demonstrating native and non-native trees, shrubs, and perennials that are conducive to a Xeriscape design (water wise, drought tolerant, low maintenance); harmonious with the natural surroundings; and hardy enough to withstand GVM’s harsh climate and browsing wildlife.
Come take a stroll!
Informational handouts are available in the box at the entrance to the garden. Handouts include:
- Garden History
- Landscaping in GVM
- Garden Plant ID
- Deer and Rabbit Resistant Plants
- Rock Garden Basics
- Fire Resistant Plants
- Resources List
Click here to view the “Vascular Plant List for Glacier View Meadows” (native vegetation)
A partial listing of non-native plants that grow successfully in GVM includes the following:
- Golden storksbill
- Hummingbird trumpet mint
- Iris, daffodil
- Lambs ear
- Partridge feather
- Penstemon (pineleaf red and pineleaf ‘mersea yellow’). Could be considered native wildflower as other penstemons.
- Red feathers
- Russian sage
- Sedum/stonecrop—groundcovers (e.g., ‘Blue spruce’, ‘Voodoo’, ‘Dragon’s Blood’, ‘Tricolor’)
- Sedum/stonecrop—taller species (e.g., ‘Purple emperor’, ‘Autumn joy’)
- Sempervivum—hens and chicks
- Speedwell—Veronica ‘Turkish’
- Spirea— ‘blue mist’ or ‘dark knight’
- Yarrow—‘moonshine’, ‘coronation gold’
The demonstration garden is a continuous work in progress since plants need to be thinned or removed if they have outgrown their boundaries and invaded other plants, or if they have died and need to be replaced. Seasonal maintenance is ongoing and, at present, redesign of the garden’s south side is under consideration.
All GVM property owners who enjoy landscaping/gardening are invited to join the committee’s efforts. For more information, please complete this contact form and we will get back to you.