New Waves June 2009

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McKinney, AgriLife Research and Extension unveil Green Gardens

The McKinney Green Gardens, a public demonstration of water conservation and green infrastructure in landscape design, officially opened on May 30. The gardens were created in an educational partnership between the city of McKinney and the Texas AgriLife Research and Texas AgriLife Extension Service Urban Solutions Center in Dallas.

The one-acre gardens were designed by the AgriLife Urban Solutions Center using research-based information and techniques, said Clint Wolfe, project coordinator with the center.

The grounds were designed to demonstrate that landscape, through proper plant selection, can be beautiful and conserve water at the same time, Wolfe said. The gardens will help educate children, homeowners, developers and landscapers about water-conservation practices.

“It is a beautifully designed collection of six small gardens that contain native plants and grasses or those well adapted to the North Texas environment,” he said. “Visitors can stroll the property on winding paths or congregate in the center.”

The gardens’ educational program is supplemented by a free interactive Web site where visitors can view a layout of the grounds and review pictures and descriptions of plants and grasses. Learn more about the gardens at

The McKinney Green Gardens project is a product of a public-private relationship between McKinney and the AgriLife Urban Solutions Center, Wolfe said. Forged in March 2007, the partnership combines the center’s expertise and the city’s desire to integrate water conservation policies and practices in an ever-growing community that imposes increasing pressures on the region’s water supply.

(Story from AgNews)

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