Water-Wise Oasis: A Tucson Desert Garden

Scant rainwater sustains a lush garden in urban Tucson.

Brad’s neighbor Christine and her daughter, Jasmine, walk along a footpath in the public right-of-way adjoining the property. This area used to be devoid of all vegetation and drained rainwater and topsoil to the street. Now, sunken, mulched basins next to the raised path harvest rainfall and grow abundant native vegetation that makes attractive habitat for songbirds.