A Simple Landscape Rendering

landscape rendering, garden-planA simple rendering from a long ago design. I decided something a little lighter than my last post is needed today, so here we are.

I have decided to share this rendering for a planting area along a walkway and up against a 10′ high modular block wall. The planting also had to do double duty, in the sense that we were looking for a way to hide the “underneath” of the staircase.

Did it work?

Here’s a after picture taken some months later of the same site.

finished garden

[ Not quite the same angle but you see the concept.]

Here’s another angle across the backyard.

finished landscape-design

[ The steps are just off to the right. ]

Was this conceptual perfect? No . . . of course not, the idea of the conceptual is to get the juices flowing, create some excitement between the homeowner, their site and the Designer’s idea’s.


Addendum: When these pictures were taken no one had been living in the house for over 5 month’s. The owner’s had built there dream home only to move away because the dream job offer came along. At last account the house had been empty for over a year.

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. The large Thujas really help – Where’d you get em? Doggone these clients who don’t follow thru with a project. The nerve of moving

    Bought ’em from Pat Lucas, if you call him tell him I sent you. now that I think about it I would be surprised if you had not been out to his Nursery, good guy-lots of stock to look at.

  2. Your design and execution is beautiful. The real estate market here is also in the pits. One house has probably been on the market for 2 years in a spec development that’s filling up (but I bet I know why). Oh, I wish I had the eye and vision that you do! What you could do with my beautiful, overgrown acre in Tennessee!

    Thanks for those kind words. Keep at it and you may be surprised with what you come up with on that one acre.

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