Eric Clark

Xeriscaping is a landscaping method that utilizes water-conserving techniques such as the use of drought-tolerant plants, mulch, and efficient irrigation. It’s the most environmentally sustainable way to landscape a home In the Sonoran Desert and any place with an arid or semiarid climate.

Eric Clark, a veteran horticulturalist and landscape designer, will give a talk on “Xeriscape Gardening” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 28) in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room.

“I will be doing a slide show on the principles and implementation of xeriscape gardening,” he said, “or the use of drought-adapted plants—what plants are best for Southern Arizona that will protect our most valuable resource in Arizona [water].”

Clark has been doing landscape design for Civano Nursery for nearly 20 years, and has been in the nursery and landscape design industry for more than 30 years. Growing up on a farm in Colorado rooted his passion for plants, eventually landing him in Arizona, where he studied landscape horticulture at the University of Arizona. Upon graduating, he launched his own design and landscaping business before being recruited by Civano Nursery, back when the nursery first opened.

Clark did most of the original landscape plans in Academy village and said he loves to see how the specimen plants his crews put in more than 15 years ago have now grown huge and healthy.

Covering just about every topic under the Tucson Sun, Clark has given numerous gardening talks and workshops, been a frequent guest speaker on local radio and television programs, and is the star of informational video clips featured on Civano Nursery’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Written by Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteer

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