Xeriscape Garden with sign
Image by Dona Crawford

Xeriscape garden at SUNY Ulster

Xeriscape garden
Image by Dona Crawford

A water-saving garden also can be beautiful!

Xeriscape Garden

Visit the Garden

The Xeriscape Garden, located at the SUNY Ulster campus (491 Cottekill Road in Stone Ridge) is a lovely place to wander and enjoy throughout the seasons. It is open daily to the general public, and Free Guided Tours are available for your group or organization by calling the Master Gardener Hotline (845-340-3478).

About the Garden

Started in 2000, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County Master Gardeners designed and installed this water-wise xeriscape garden, in conjunction with SUNY Ulster, to promote water protection and water quality through fundamental gardening practices.

Xeriscaping is a form of gardening which reduces the need for supplemental watering. Started in Denver, during a period of severe water shortage, it utilizes seven principles which are appropriate for any type of garden.

The Xeriscape Garden started with plantings of more than 55 drought tolerant, disease resistant, low maintenance plants in 9 beds. An additional 3 beds were later added in addition to an information kiosk/pergola (one for composting demonstrations; another as a nursery area to hold plants for our annual plant sale or demonstration classes; and a third as an alpine garden).

In 2014 a “rain garden” was built to expand the purpose of the xeriscape garden and illustrate how road runoff can be handled in a more environmentally friendly manner. Still to be installed is an accessibility garden and seating area.

Xeriscape Garden Events

From May to October, Master Gardeners offer monthly “Learning in the Garden” workshops at the garden on each 3rd Saturday, as well as a fall Plant Sale featuring plants from the xeriscape garden and Master Gardener gardens. One workshop in the Learning in the Garden Series is "Perennial Division" where you can take home newly divided plants while learning how to do your own divisions.

Want to learn more about the Xeriscape Garden or schedule a guided tour? Contact us!


Courtney Churchill
Master Gardener Coordinator/ Agriculture Program Assistant
845-340-3990 ext. 335

Last updated April 20, 2022