My kind of Article

wci-chop-2.jpgNow this is a headline that really grabs my attention;

“Cultivating Your Kingdom”

Yep, that’s it. Especially when we go on to talk about all the great stuff involved when you improve your landscaping. this is from the

If the house has elaborate landscaping, the real estate agent and homeowner will usually point out its value as in, “ we spent $150,000 on landscaping when we built this house three years ago.”

Lines like that make my day. The article is written from a Hamptons point of view-of course. It is an interesting read and gives perspective on what that market in this country is thinking about.

My one beef is with the writer using the word landscaper instead of Landscape Designer when speaking about design issues, and placement, etc. Oh well, not a perfect situation.

Oh, a few interesting lines written by Andrea Aurichio at the bottom in the tips area-worth reading this article just for these interesting observations and good ideas:

  • Surplus plantings can always be sold. Mature trees are at a premium.
  • If you are marketing a mega watt estate with abundant acreage, mazes, flower beds, and exotic plantings, don’t worry. Money will not be an object to this buyer.
  • Privet hedges are here to stay and so are evergreens.
  • Likewise, you will find yourself star gazing at night with a glass of wine in your hand throughout the year.
  • If you are putting a house on the market, curb appeal counts. . . . . . “Overgrown and neglected” does not sell.
  • Gardens created by noteworthy landscape architects and designers will also drive the value of the property upwards.
  • If you are selling or renting a house with noteworthy gardens, it is a good idea to have photos of the garden taken throughout the year, so buyers can see what the grounds will look like in the spring and summer, when they are viewing a property on a grey day in January when the East End is monotonously brown.

A couple of things about the tips:

  1. The photo tip is really great, if you do have great gardens, or beds you should record that info.
  2. Are privet hedges really here to stay?
  3. The next to last line; remember that, and call me I can make myself available.


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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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