Landscape Design comes to life

Bishop parking court

Early last year I showed the 1st conceptuals for this job on this blog. To go through the earliest conceptuals, the more refined renderings, and plan conceptuals, to construction drawings and plantings plans can be a long, long, road.

This is especially true when there are a lot of “cooks” in the kitchen. In reality a good designer has to only listen to 3 things

The Accord Triangle of Landscape Design:

1. The request of the Client: not only the specifics, but also the wishes, the hint at, or the lifestyle they live.

2. The Site: As human beings in this day and age we have the manipulate a lot of our World. Manipulation-yes, Control-no. So we have to pay strict attention to the site we are working in/on. We have to respect our natural surroundings, this may limit our expand our client’s wishes.

3.Ourselves: What we are today is a sum of every other day of our life. We have to channel our experience in a positive way to make the site and the client come together. Some of what is asked for is inappropriate, or impractical, or poorly thought out. However; it is the client’s site and we have an obligation to make their dreams come true-within reason. Sometimes our experience tells us no, other times yes. We must listen to what we have learned and use it correctly, and . . . we should never stop learning.

The mild winter has allowed the contractor to finish the drive, the rest to be completed at the beginning of the Spring season, I will follow through on this site.

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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