Roseville’s Inspiration Garden celebrates its first anniversary: One year of growth and green education

Updated May 22, 2023
A year has flown by since the City of Roseville’s Inspiration Garden first sprouted. The lush landscape, a testament to the notion that “to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow,” as Audrey Hepburn once said, celebrated its first anniversary in May.
A joint endeavor by the City of Roseville, the Regional Water Authority, and the Department of Water Resources, the Inspiration Garden is not merely a feast for the eyes; it's a hands-on learning center. Its mission is to educate the public about the benefits and practicalities of creating environmentally friendly and water-efficient gardens.

In a bid to bring the community together, the Garden offers a range of activities, workshops, and garden care sessions. It's also a repository of valuable resources, including instructional videos and articles available on the Gardening and Irrigation website and Roseville Utilities’ Facebook and Instagram pages.

Promoting community engagement and environmental education

The Garden tells the story of the water cycle through its informational signage, showcasing where our water comes from, explaining how it’s utilized, and educates through services offered by the Water Efficiency section, such as rebates and water-wise house calls. Visitors can also scan QR codes on these signs to access a comprehensive database of plant profiles.

One of the key elements of the Inspiration Garden's educational mandate is the Plant of the Month feature. Each month, a particular plant native to California or suitable for the local climate is highlighted on social media and newsletters, complete with descriptions, care tips, and photos. Past featured plants include the Pink Muhly Regal Mist, Blonde Ambition Blue Gramma Grass, and Cedros Island Verbena, among others.

The Inspiration Garden also serves as the stage for a series of 'Garden Life @ the Inspiration Garden’ videos, hosted by water-efficient landscaping professional Cheryl Buckwalter of Landscape Liaisons, and features local experts like Lani Houck, a board member of the Roseville Urban Forest Foundation. These videos provide practical tips on garden care, ranging from checking soil moisture to adjusting irrigation schedules according to weather conditions. They can be found on both Facebook and Instagram.

A beacon of sustainability and continuing growth

The Inspiration Garden has grown and blossomed over the past year, transforming from a simple lawn into a vibrant, water-efficient landscape. As it continues to evolve, it remains a beacon of sustainability and community engagement, providing ample inspiration for visitors to cultivate their own slice of Garden Life. To see the process for how we developed this water-wise treasure, visit here.

For more information, visit the Inspiration Garden's official page or check out the webinars and how-to videos for year-round learning opportunities.