Is it real? #1

Well of course it is real, because it has water running through it. The real question is: Is it man-made or nature made???

These were taken last fall of a 3 yr. old stream/pond project. I am pretty happy with the way the stream came out. The idea is to create a seamless transiton between water and land, to give the viewer no good way to tell where the liner is rolled up. A combination of soil, rock and plants-when used correctly. Can make this happen.

Low plants that creep into the stream, or moisture loving plants the can escape the stream help in this endeavor immensely. The variation of rock sizes is extremely crucial, there placement in no readable pattern is more important than I can describe. The other point I wish to make here is to vary the stream width and depth. Some guys are okay at creating stream width . . . but they forget the depth issue. This is extremely important in selling the illusion-extremely.

So don’t dig a trough or a gully, or a drainage swale. Go out and STUDY nature. After all she is your best teacher. Posted by Picasa

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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