The Jeff Peterson Xeriscape Garden was dedicated to the memory of City Councilor Jeff Peterson (1968-1994) for his support of conserving our resources on June 6, 1997.
A narrow space one block long, between the street and an irrigation ditch, near the lovely new Civic Center complex needed something. The Water and Power Department Water Conservation Specialist was tired of seeing weeds, a flat, bare bike trail and a few thistles growing nearby. According to her, the best solution for the space was a Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. She strongly felt that the garden would clarify misconceptions about xeriscape and help residents to use the seven principles of xeriscape in planning their own gardens. In addition, landscaping would enhance the beauty of the neighborhood.
The solution suggested by her and supported by the City in the early 1990's started what is now the Jeff Peterson Xeriscape Garden. On June 6, 1997, approximately 75 people gathered to celebrate the completion of the garden. The garden honors the memory of Jeff Peterson, a City Councilor who died at age 25 from complications from lupus.