Backyard Retreat,lakeside

posted; 05/00/06
A quick color conceptual of how things could possibly look in the new backyard. My perspective for this shot is taken right from the water’s edge. A small retaining wall at seat height (double duty), screen planting, and a fire pit that ties itself into retaining wall. There is a suggestion of grasses in the right foreground. I like ornamental grasses and water-they really work together. The contrast plus the movement in the wind, a nice double duty for the plant material.
This is obviously a before of the site. A good time for me to come onto the project because absolutely no work has been done to the outside-a clean slate to work with. Lots of work to provide some sort of an expectation of privacy from the neighbors.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

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