Evaluating “xeriscape” the alternative to water conservation in Florida

Donald George Sarka, Florida International University


This thesis develops and tests an evaluative approach to assessing the acceptance of xeriscape as an alternative planting design method among landscape architects in South Florida. South Florida was chosen for its large number of practicing landscape architects and increasing water shortages due to the large infusion of people into the area. A survey was developed and mailed to 95 subjects in South Florida who are landscape architects or related professionals. The responses to the questions were either yes or no, for the most part, and were designed to assess the acceptance, use, knowledge and practice of xeriscape in this region. The results of the survey showed a lack of in-depth knowledge of the seven principles of xeriscape, few true xeriscapes instituted by the water departments are in the region, and that the government sector is the main advocate of the xeriscape concept.

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Sarka, Donald George, "Evaluating “xeriscape” the alternative to water conservation in Florida" (2003). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI1413553.