ROSAMOND — The Rosamond Community Services District is looking at the feasibility of creating a water conservation demonstration garden on a vacant lot it owns next to the administrative offices on 35th Street West.
The garden could have multiple benefits for the community, proponent Director Rick Webb said in introducing the concept at the Board’s regular meeting on March 13.
It would have informative signs identifying the plants used to provide relevant information for residents looking to recreate something similar for their yards and show the possibilities for attractive landscaping that does not require large amounts of water.
“We thought this would be a nice way to give back to the community, to show them what a nice conservation garden looks like, what actually grows out here,” Director of Administration Lizette Guerrero said.
Encouraging appropriate landscaping will help improve the appearance of the community, where many residents simply let their yards wither and die when drought restrictions were put in place, Webb said.
“If we keep things looking vibrant and looking nice, people will take care of it,” he said.
In addition to showing residents how to create water-wise landscaping for the desert climate, it could provide spaces for people to sit and relax, perhaps even have some fitness stations.
“We don’t have a place where people can just sit down and take a break,” he said.
The garden could also feature a gathering place to offer local landscaping classes, which are currently available in Lancaster at Antelope Valley College but not in Rosamond, Guerrero said.
The project would be funded through sponsorships and donations, she said. This could include families who wish to sponsor a portion in honor of a loved one, for example.
The demonstration garden, still in the planning stages, could be a natural fit for another nascent effort by the district, reinstating the nonprofit Rosamond Foundation as part of the district, to provide a means for collecting donations for parks- and recreation-related projects.
The garden could be a means to help bring about community involvement with volunteers for maintaining the garden, as well as its uses, Webb said.
“I hope we can all get excited enough to get out there and share thoughts,” he said.
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