The word xeriscaping comes from a combination of two other words: "xeri" derived from the Greek word "xeros" for dry; and "scape," meaning a kind of view or scene. In practice xeriscaping means landscaping with slow-growing, drought tolerant plants to conserve water and reduce yard trimmings. Besides saving water, xeriscapes generally require less fertilizer and fewer pest control measures than traditional landscapes. The Sibley Nature Center is a strong advocate of xeriscaping, and we strive to provide resources to help residents learn more about this important practice. We invite you to visit the center to see many of these recommended plants thriving on our grounds.