About Texas Smartscape
The purpose of SmartScape™ is to educate our citizens on the ecological, economic and aesthetic benefits of using landscaping plants, shrubs, grasses and trees that are native or adapted to our regional climate and local conditions.
The ultimate goal is to conserve local water supplies and improve storm water runoff quality by reducing the amount of water needed to maintain landscapes while decreasing the amounts of pesticide, fertilizer and herbicides used in landscaping practices.
This SmartScape™ web site is an interactive "how to" guide that walks you through the SmartScape™ concept. SmartScaping™ creates a lush and colorful oasis for your family and for North Texas' native flora and fauna.
These plants also attract the hummingbirds and butterflies that call North Central Texas their home - making your yard a wildlife masterpiece.
You will learn how to design and care for a SmartScape™ garden. Best of all you'll have information on over 200 plants, shrubs, and trees that thrive in North Central Texas. Using this web site, you can search for plants and care for them in a manner that saves you time and money while at the same time protecting our environment, and ultimately conserving our water resources.
Texas SmartScape™ is helping to promote education on pollution prevention through efficient and effective water use for the benefit of our citizens.
The SmartScape™ program was initially created in 2001 as a CD-ROM for North Central Texas through the volunteer participation, leadership and vision of the following agencies: North Central Texas Council of Governments, Tarrant County Health Department, Texas Extension Service, Tarrant Regional Water District, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and Weston Gardens.
The SmartScape™ web site was developed in 2003 through the sponsorship of the Dallas Water Utilities, City of Irving, North Texas Municipal Water District, Tarrant Regional Water District, and the Upper Trinity Regional Water District.
In 2005 SmartScape™ expanded to the West Texas region through the sponsorship, vision and hard work of the City of Lubbock.
Listen to Native Rose, the song featured in the original SmartScape™ CD-ROM