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Garden Club Presents Xeriscaping in the Northeast with Mark Ahronian

by Paul Saulnier
March 11, 2018

The Holliston Garden Club invited Mark Ahronian of Ahronian Landscape Design, Inc., to talk about the landscaping options using drought tolerant plants and groundcovers.

Trista Ashok, co-president of the Garden Club with Melissa Beers, welcomed everyone to the Senior Center and introduced Mark Ahronian.

Mark shared the talk with his daughter, Amber, above right, a recent graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in Environmental Sciences.

Mark told the audience that xeriscaping began in Arizona and has speread across the country as the need for water conservation increases with population growth. "Xeriscaping has changed the way we do landscaping, one yard at a time", said Mark. He explained that xeriscaping means less watering, less mowing, less chemical use and and increase in the attraction for pollinators.

Mark used a project that Ahronian Landscape recently completed for a commercial property in Quincy, pictured above. Mark said that he still likes grass lawns but pointed out that they should be is areas that are really needed. but a well designed xerscape can address all the senses: color and gently waving ornamental grasses, flowers to attract birds and pollinators, fragrant flowers.

Amber explained that xeriscapes are a much more responsible way of landscaping and can be used with other water conservation techniques like drip irrigation, greywater recycling and rain water capture.

Answering questions from the audience, Mark and Amber gave tips on how to improve soil conditions and the use of specific plants in specific areas of concern. Watch HCAT for a showing of Mark and Amber's complete presentation.

 

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Thank you Holliston garden club for asking me to give a talk on Xeriscaping in the North East. It was a pleasure tag teaming this talk with my daughter Amber! There seemed to be quite an interest and many attendees.

- Mark Ahronian | 3/11/18 10:09 AM

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