2008 CENTS Show in Columbus, Ohio (2)

CENTS LogoA morning of educational seminars has come and gone; question is . . . am I any smarter for having set through it?

I’d say no, but the people with me would say they(and I) knew better. A few tidbits here and there made the morning worthwhile.


Joanne Kostecky who owns Joanne Kostecky Garden Design came up with these design gems;

“Design places where people want to be.” also “Architectural elements taken from the house will strengthen you design style.”

Finally this insight into her design process;

“Some of my best designs are really tough situations.”

Good examples of her work and Joanne’s design philosophy, and design style.


Bill Hendricks(Klyn Nurseries) gave a talk on vines. The 4 types

  • Twining
  • Tendril
  • Rambling
  • Rooters

Bill did a nice job of showing several different types of holders-pergolas, trellis’, arbors, fences, post, bird feeders, poles, etc. All good examples.

What did I find out? Well I need these vines in my own yard

  • Passiflora incarnata, the native passion-fruit vine
  • Wisteria f. ‘Aunt Dee’ a native wisteria with great purple color
  • Rosa ‘New Dawn’ or some other white, I need a white climbing rose

He ended with on of my favorite Frank Lloyd Wright quotes.

A doctor can bury his mistakes, but a architect can only advise his patients to plant vines.

On the the trade show portion of the event and the APLD meeting at 4:00 O’Clock from there-who knows.

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.


  1. Wisteria, yes, I love wisteria. Is the type you mention fragrant? I grew up with wisteria in my parent’s yard and I love the fragrance…..

    White climbing rose sounds wonderful also. Again, I wonder about fragrance.

    In case you haven’t noticed, I love fragrant flowers!

    Hope you enjoy the CENTS show.

    Yep, it is a fragrant variety, and even better it blooms slightly later in the spring, missing the last frost date-at least Bill says so. On the white flower there was not much mention of fragrance, maybe some one else can help me out here.

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