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Good, fast, cheap . . . but pretty at St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX.

Bro. A. Brian Zampier, SM, Social Media Archivist at the Marianist Archives in San Antonio, TX sends us this update.


Bueno, Bonito y Barato

Another way of saying, Good, Fast, Cheap ... but Pretty


This pilot project is examining the potential for reshaping the landscape at St. Mary's University using native plant species that have evolved to thrive in our specific eco-region.


We have planted three test garden communities:

  • Community A: 100% native plants

  • Community B: 100% non-native plants

  • Community C: 50% native/50% non-native

We are monitoring properties such as plant growth, animal diversity, water consumption, soil nutrients, and aesthetic qualities. Come by throughout the year and watch our garden grow!


This student research is possible through the support of St. Mary's Summer Undergraduate

Research Fellowship (SURF) program.


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Happy to share that student Jose Cornejo researched the original landscape of the St. Mary's University property at the National Archives of the Marianist Province of the United States. We found photographs of the grounds and reports on various landscaping projects through the years.


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Community C reminds me of "mixed composition!"

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Thomas Spring
Thomas Spring
Jul 24, 2023

What great cooperato0n involving the students!! Service learning in a way!!


Aloha, Bro. Tom Spring

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Dear Brian, great initiative! Thanks.

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