The Donald H. Baepler Xeric Garden is often referred to as the "emerald in the desert". It was unveiled in 1988 and was the first demonstration garden of its kind in Southern Nevada. The garden is a refuge for indigenous birds, reptiles, and mammals, and with over 9,000 square feet of paved pathways, benches, arbors, and bridges there are plenty of places to wander or just sit and enjoy the scenery.
Located at the entrance to the Marjorie Barrick Museum, the Donald H. Baepler Xeric Garden is designed as an extension of the Museum, creating an outdoor exhibit of plants indigenous to the four North American deserts, as well as plants introduced from Australia, South America, Mexico, and the Mediterranean. The garden demonstrates how drought-tolerant plants and an efficient irrigation system combine to save water and create an attractive landscape. It was the first large-scale demonstration garden of its kind in the Las Vegas Valley.
The Garden conceptualized by Dennis Swartzell in the 1980’s, designed by landscape architect Jack W. Zunino and generously supported by Donald H. Baepler creates a quiet, shady oasis in the heart of campus.