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With Utah being the second-driest state in the country, receiving an average of just 13 inches of precipitation per year, Red Butte Garden’s new Water Conservation Garden is a welcome and timely educational asset to the community. The three-acre garden, opened in late May, is defined by stone pathways that ascend 70 feet from base to top, with a total trail length of about a quarter mile. Along the way, visitors can study more than 530 species of plants that thrive without heavy watering, bringing an end to the myth that a water-wise garden can consist only of rocks and cacti.