As the frequency of drought increases, we have become ever more tethered to our hoses and irrigation systems. All of this amounts to increases in time and money spent on maintaining a landscape. To provide a real and visually compelling solution to this trend PRAIRIEFORM has created the Irrigation-Free Landscape, a new landscape type in which plants can grow and thrive without supplemental irrigation after the first growing season. Our first pilot landscape we installed in the Longfellow Neighborhood of Minneapolis. It was given its last drop of supplemental water the fall after installation and has been going strong, irrigation-free ever since. The project was funded by the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, and the Longfellow Community Council. To look at the before/after gallery of the project, click here.

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Photo of the Irrigation-Free Landscape in August of 2012, mid-drought and at the end of a very hot summer. Photo of the Irrigation-Free Landscape in the spring of 2013. This is Salvia 'Eveline', an early-blooming Salvia that is relatively drought-tolerant.
Per the stipulations of the grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management we had to make the landscape as publicly accessible and as educational as possible. To these ends we created an interpretive sign at the foot of the landscape that explains how the landscape works and provides information on further reading. This photo shows the Irrigation-Free Landscape at the end of August 2013, mid-drought, having received no supplemental irrigation all summer long. It is clearly thriving.