Cypresswood Water Conservation Garden at Harris County WCID 132

Address: 
Spring, TX
United States
Project Size: 
0.65 acres
Project type: 
Open Space- Garden
Site Context: 
Suburban
Former Land Use: 
Greyfield
Terrestrial Biome: 
Temperate Broadleaf & Mixed Forests
Budget: 
$252,800
Project overview: 

Harris County Water Conservation and Improvement District (WCID) 132's Water Conservation and Demonstration Center showcases efficient, sustainable water techniques and practices, which are aimed at providing solutions applicable to suburban landscapes whose owners desire to conserve water while sustaining beautiful plant materials.

The Center's focus - water conservation in the landscape - is shared through presentations, site features, and plants. Presentations on water saving and sustainable practices include watering established plants with captured rainwater and air conditioner condensate, mulching to conserve moisture, working with the soil's capacity to hold water, eliminating invasive species, and composting. Site features and materials, approximately 20 found in each of the 16 demonstration areas, include rain barrels, rain gardens, rain chains, and reused and recycled materials. Approximately 75 species of native plants and 15 herbs and vegetables are visible depending on the season.

photo by: Ken Fraser

Project Team
  • Harris County WCID 132: Thomas Mancini, Board of Directors; William Papp, Board of Directors; Gary Toll, Board of Directors; Mary Bonetati, Board of Directors; Bob and Cindy Daniel; Board of Directors
  • Garden Design & Landscaping: Cindy Huey, Landscape Architecture
  • HEAD, INC (project management): Carol Fraser, President; Ken Fraser, photographer, IT
  • Nature’s Way Resources: John Ferguson, soil scientist
  • San Jacinto Environmental Supplies: Mike Serant, organic expert
  • Houston Chapter Native Plant Society: Linda Knowles, President
  • AEI Engineering: Dano Lozano, LEED accredited civil engineer, hydrologist; Monet Snyder, CAD designer
  • Consultants and technical support: Liane Pomfret, assistant manager; Alfonso Gomez, construction consultant; Farrar Stockton, butterfly expert; Jane Szymezak, HHWB; Bryan Tarbox, graduate student