Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Xeriscape roundup in one day.(Homestyle)

Byline: Donna Redman For the Journal

Nearly 100 people jammed into the lecture hall at the Albuquerque Garden Center this month to learn how to design a water-efficient landscape.

Jim Knopf and David Cristiani, both registered landscape architects, compressed some of the knowledge learned during their long careers into one seven-hour workshop.

Knopf, who lives in Boulder, Colo., is one of the early proponents of planting landscapes that conserve water. He has written two books on the subject and lectures about it throughout the Western states.

Cristiani has been designing landscapes for 12 years. The Albuquerque resident designs residential, municipal and commercial landscapes in Arizona, California and New Mexico, specializing in designs that reflect their local setting.

Knopf delivered a mass of information with a quirky sense of humor. Rather than plopping down sheets of black plastic, covering it with gravel and calling it xeriscape, he urged the audience to "start a trend" and put in plants instead. …

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