Are There the “Worst of the Worst Landscapes”?

Bill over at the Giant Duck Institute has suggested an idea

You’ve hit on the idea for a post to rival “Trees We Do Not Like”. Perhaps you could call it…
Landscape Travesties” or “Landscape Infractions”. Picture submittal s of unfortunate landscape projects perpetrated by the uninitiated. I could start you off with a few.

I think he may be onto something here, I don’t think it will evoke the “passion” of “worst of the worst tree“-folks are really taking it serious when it comes to trees they really dislike, I mean serious . . . anyway . . .

Send me something bad-no kidding-bad, as in stinks bad.

If you’ve seen something that’s really bad, or have torn out something really bad . . . or Heaven forbid . . . you put something in that was really bad. I hope I don’t see a lot of the latter(sp?). Send them to my e-mail address rick(at)whi . . . . .. (d0t)com-this is not spelled out so it can’t be hijacked-some internet thing(I don’t know).

So send the shots and I’ll figure it out in a post and on a page somewhere-maybe even a Squidoo page . . . something like “The WCI’s readers worst landscapes

A fine example.

a really bad landscapeSomething like this even worse, something we can really think our teeth into. This little planter bed is just stupid beyond belief-what a maintenance nightmare. I wonder what genius thought this one up?

Okay got the idea? Now don’t let me down, let’s see those bad landscapes-“the worst of the worst“.

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. And, to be helpful, why not a “what could be done with this to make it better” followup. So, yes, it’s crappy. Why is it crappy? What features are actually not too bad? How can we use what is there and gradually get to where we would like to be?

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