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Antonio Maggiore, a 1995 Los Alamos High School graduate, will speak April 7 for the monthly meeting of the Summit Garden Club.
His topic will be “Getting away from zeroscaping: the evils of gravel and gardening for good.”
Maggiore, who established Ecolutions seven years ago, believes that “with a minimal amount of work, it is possible to bring beauty into people’s workplace and life in general.”
Examples of his work can be seen at Sombrillo, Aspen Ridge and Oppenheimer Place. There his aim was to transform the transition areas — the land between the landscape plantings and the canyons.
First, he cleaned out debris, then cut down the Siberian Elms, and laid the branches down in order to trap moisture for the pine. His intent was to mimic nature, by encouraging the mycelium layer below the ground. He shaped trees so that water below their driplines would be taken up by shrubs, such as currants, sumac and privets.
He improved drainage by changing land contours and thus slowing the water down and having it infiltrate the soil.
Maggiore has designed and executed permaculture projects throughout the state, and can be reached at 577-4123, or at email@example.com.
For more information, including time of meeting, call Laurie at 672-3483.