It’s May

For those of you in the profession that’s all I would have to write:

It’s May

Is it ever, things are alway like this(thankfully) in the Northern climates this time of year. That great sense of “May” urgency. The average client procrastinates calling the contractor as do many, many others-everyone calls all at once. Screaming.

“Me, me, pick me! I need it done now. I need my new backyard for this summer”. Lots of demands-which are always unreasonable considering the fact that for most professionals this is a “1st come, 1st serve“, type of service.

Garden design, garden_designFolks just don’t get to go to the top of the line. Now here’s the funny part-about top of the line. These same contractors expect the same thing out of me-and most other independent designers-top of the line. “Me, me, pick me”! It’d be pretty funny, if it weren’t so true.

Does their project go to the top of the list when they call. I don’t think so . . . uh, that is . . . for the most part.

I must admit to exceptions here. If someone has you on a monthly retainer, or a guy pays you a lot of money over the year(keeping you busy in the lean time(s) of course those clients are going to get the best turn around I(we, I think) can give them.


It’s May

Everybody wants/needs to be at the top of the line.

Cincinnati this week

The rest of this week I’ll be in Cincinnati looking at/consulting on a large stone-boulder project that could include a large water feature.

The contractor has asked me to go look at some other stone work and some stone he has for other projects. I; of course, said . . . “hell yeah I wanna go look at other stone”!

I hope to share some of that here, if he has no problems with me posting from some of these sites.

The Blog

What this means for this blog is that the blog has to wait. The blog doesn’t pay me-imagine that!?!

I really like doing this and look forward to the interaction. Including the answering and remarking on tohse who comment here, I really enjoy that.


Another note; e-mail is getting answered at a slow rate and suppose it’ll be that way for another few weeks. so sit tight I will get to you. I found the answering of e-mail one of the most rewarding parts of this blog.

Those questions and the help/advice/comments/directions I am able to pass along are enough to keep me motivated when it comes to continuing this blog. So be patient with me there.

It’s May

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. Too bad for me, I had a whole series of events, but I got hurt. Now, I’m having to push things back to June while I recover. In the mean time, I can see if we have any good local workshops to attend in Indianapolis.

    Hope the recovery goes well and that things go smooth when you get back in the groove.

    Thanks for stopping by the blog.

  2. Handcarved headstones are no doubt the best chioce available, all in various types of stone the hand carving adds a certain personal element to the memorial/monument. Personally stonework created using only machines doesnt have the same level of creativlty in my opinion.

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