Design Your Landscape in 5 Steps

Does all this snow have you dreaming of spring? If you're eager to start digging and planting once the ground thaws, Cynthia Bee, from the Jordan Valley Water Conservation Garden, has the tips you need to design and create the perfect landscape for your space. 

She explained that localscapes is a desingn style developed specifically for Utah to work with our conditions. 

Central Open Shape

  1. Organize the landscape around a central open shape.
  2. This is most often lawn but can be groundcover or even gravel-whichever fits your needs best.

Gathering Spaces

  1. Gathering spaces are the up-and-coming trend you’ll see this Home Show season.
  2. Once installed, they need almost no maintenance yet make the landscape more livable.

Activity Zones

  1. Flank the edges of the lawn with activity zones such as vegetable gardens, children’s play spaces, storage sheds etc.
  2. Activity zones have the appropriate surfacing for the specific activity and provide something to do in the yard.


  1.  Connect the first three elements with paths.
  1. Leftover spaces become the planting beds.
  2. Planting beds should always be irrigated with drip irrigation to reduce weeds.

Together, these elements make for a fantastic Utah landscape. You can learn more about creating great indoor and outdoor spaces as the Home Show!

Cynthia Bee will be on the Design Stage at the Home Show on Friday, January 6 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 8 at 1:00 p.m.


The Salt Lake Home Show


Friday, January 6, 2017 2:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 7, 2017 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 8, 2017 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.



South Towne Expo Center: 9575 South State Street, Sandy, Utah



Adults (at the door) $11.00

Adults (online only) $9.00

Seniors $8.00

Children Ages 12 & under FREE

Group tickets (20 or more) $8.00


For more information and tickets, visit

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