Services Provided
small to large-scale outdoor living design, using water-harvesting, grading, hardscape, irrigation, native and adapted plants *only*

Areas Served
El Paso & Las Cruces; southern New Mexico and west Texas; Albuquerque & central New Mexico; Las Vegas NV & adjacent areas

Business Description
solo practice - environmental design / landscacpe architecture that reflects the natural place, processes & patterns
El Paso, TX US 
David Cristiani 
Address Upon Request
El Paso, TX 79902 
License #:
TX #2140; NM #307; NV #668 
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10 Top Plants Native to the Desert Southwest

Get a thriving garden despite unforgiving conditions with these tough, unthirsty, sun-loving beauties Full Story
     Comment   August 25, 2014
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I live in the Arizona desert, and I've never heard of Pink Muhly... interesting. Texas Sage is very popular here.
August 23, 2014 at 11:51PM     
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I'm rolling at the poetic answer at the top!

Me, no poems, But yours' are great choices, and all but a few I had, though each one thrives here in El Paso! I think the landscape in the SW without some cacti is rather power-less.

Someday, I hope pinkish SW native, Muhlenbergia porteri, gets popular. Mtn States grew some, but no one specified it even where it once grew wild, prior to development. Just like a couple native oaks from the same large development...
August 25, 2014 at 3:14PM   
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How to Find the Right Plants for Your Garden

Break free from choosing plants by cold-hardiness zones for a beautiful landscape that thrives year-round Full Story
     Comment   August 22, 2014
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Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens
Lyvia -- "improved" cultivar is subjective, as many of the improvements may or may not be as beneficial to wildlife. When we alter bloom color or size, leaf color, etc, we are altering the co-evolution wildlife has with plants (do butterfly caterpillars eat red leaves from a green plant they evolved with? Can insects find the nectar now in a coneflower looking more like a pompom?). When we change plants for our desires, who is this serving, and is it ok? That is the ethical dilemma I face, especially as we face the 6th mass extinction event on the planet.

As for invasive, I think it's inaccurate to call native plants invasive -- it's more accurate to say some are aggressive, like a few of the goldenrod species (though there are many behaved goldenrods -- I wrote a piece on this). Invasive is used to discuss an exotic plant not from your region or country that is destroying the biologic and ecological diversity of the environment -- like kudzo or purple loosestrife. Hope these clarifications can help us all think about gardening a bit more. :)
July 8, 2014 at 7:18AM     
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Time-Tested, Low-Tech Ways to Cool a Home

People have been beating the heat around the world for centuries without plugging anything in. Could these ideas work for your home today? Full Story
     Comment   August 22, 2014
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Mud huts are inexpensive to build and widely used in South African rural areas. However, they have dumping problems. The foundation is build with mud bricks , floors are maintained or cleaned by a cow dung. As a kid we used to collect it very early in the morning while still fresh and warm. Sounds disgusting but very interesting practice
August 4, 2014 at 7:50AM     
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Why no mention of a cupola? These may be similar to the wind cowls; or do they serve a different purpose?

Here in the south, humidity is as much, if not more of a problem, that the heat; is there any sort of "natural" dehumidifier? Some type of forced condensation would both make the environment more comfortable and serve as water collection for plants, etc. But the cold required for this would in itself require electricity. I wonder if there's a way to manipulate the physics (e.g., distillation) to make this happen by some other means.

My husband and I visited Mesa Verde (pic #1) several years ago. Way cool ( no pun intended :)).
August 4, 2014 at 9:40AM     
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David Cristiani is the epitome of professionalism. I interviewed him for an article on Southwest landscape design (I'm a landscape designer and garden writer), ...
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