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Keep Coppell Beautiful Environmental Education will be hosting the Texas SmartScape Tour on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Maps will be available at Helping Hands Garden, located next to the City of Coppell Town Center (255 Parkway Blvd.), beginning at 8:30 a.m. the morning of the tour. This self-guided tour will feature five unique Coppell residential landscapes and gardens, as well as the two Coppell Community Gardens. 

Texas SmartScape techniques beautify landscapes through the use of native and adaptive drought tolerant plants, which provide many ecological and environmental benefits. A SmartScape landscape uses less water, fertilizers and pesticides while attracting birds, butterflies, hummingbirds and bees, as well as many other types of wildlife. Native plants require minimal irrigation and care, which saves time, money and conserves water resources.

Featured homes include an English cottage-style garden, an extensive raised-bed landscape, a turf-free garden and a multitude of hard-to-find Texas natives! Homeowners and garden experts will be available to speak to visitors and answer questions. Gain first-hand knowledge about starting or expanding your own SmartScape landscape, managing compost bins, as well as the benefits of organic fertilizer, mulching and the use of rain barrels. 

Fall is the time to plant! Come see what you should plant now for beautiful blooms next year, from the homeowners of some of the most unique landscapes and gardens in Coppell! 

This tour is free to the public and no registration is required. 

For more information about the tour, contact Jen Ferguson at jferguson@coppelltx.gov or 972-462-5191.

For more information about upcoming events and the Coppell Community Garden, click here, or to learn more about Texas SmartScape techniques, click here.    

Story and photo courtesy of Jen Ferguson

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