2018/7.2, July 25 — A Special Edition — WaterShapes’ Overlooked Gems!
Workable Gardens
It's a plain fact:  Few designers weigh maintenance as heavily as other elements of a design when creating gardens for their clients.   Most will routinely ask whether the client wants a low-maintenance environment or one that requires a little more work and may yield a greater abundance of flowers or other desirable features, but the consideration typically ends there.  And this is so despite the fact that by leaving maintenance out at the design level, landshapers often doom themselves to
Constructive Collisions
Labels are often deceiving:  They don't always tell the whole story. In the green industry, for example, most of us identify ourselves as either designers or contractors, but after 18 years of landshaping, it's clear to me that a majority of us are really to varying degrees both designers and contractors.  The very best designers understand
The ‘Ahh’ Factor
"No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied - it speaks in silence to the very core of your being."                                   - Ansel Adams     The man considered by many to be the father of American landscape architecture often referred to himself as a "garden maker," a self-description by Fletcher Steele that influenced me greatly when I first saw it in a book about him in 1990.   When I think of the word "making" on its own, I see images of human hands crafting cherished artifacts or offerings, while the word "garden" conjures a host of images from Eden to Shangri-La.  Taken together, however, the words evoke even more powerful images of the deliberate shaping of places of great beauty and serene repose - an apt definition for any landscape professional.   When I borrowed those
The Heart of the Art
There's a natural tendency to think of artists as dreamy, distracted types devoid of any aptitude for or interest in things technical. When you study just about any art form in depth, however, you soon realize that