An alternative solution for water conservation using exotic plant species in the lower Kanawha Valley region and implemented in the design of an arboretum
Conserving the earth's precious water supply is of increasing importance in light of the growing population and climate dynamics; therefore, this study focuses on identifying those exotic species that are best suited for the changing climate and environment of the Lower Kanawha Valley Region in West Virginia without compromising the water sustainable qualities once exhibited by the indigenous species. This task was accomplished by reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating the plant hydraulics and habitat matching characteristics associated with the identified native and exotic species. These species were limited to those produced or found in the local nurseries and garden centers in the designated region, thereby providing a practical and water sustainable plant list for the local homeowners and design professionals. The final list of species was translated into a master planting design of an arboretum displaying and demonstrating water conservation on the grounds of the Hurricane Valley Park.