Some Interesting Sites

Whispering Crane Institute chopOkay here’s a collection of links that will keep you busy for awhile ranging from the theraputic to the ancient gardens of Pompeii.

  • The Theraputic Landscape database seems to have a lot of good links and info. Might be a good place to start if you are looking for info on doing a garden for a Hospital, or a Elder Care type home.
  • The 25th Davidson Horticultural Symposium will be held March 2nd and 3rd, 2009 at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.
    That’s from the website. The Symposium is held every year and the speaker line-up is a good one. When I lived in the Southeast I went just about every year. Focus is on the residential landscape and gardens. If you into that sort of focus try and go.
  • The Vocational Information Center has a list of links that would take you over a week to go through. If you are a beginning designer, a garden enthusiast, or looking for a very specific answer this might be your site!
  • A blog called Defining your Home Garden, and a particular entry entitled: Garden Design Working with a Professional. A nice explanation by landscape designer Cathy Dickinson-Hearp, plus a good list of deer proof plants in her area of North Carolina.
  • Ever heard of Tilt-Shift photography, well here’s a page full of completely awesome pics using the tilt-shift technique. It looks so incredible . . .”How could it be real“.
  • A bunch of wacky illustrations that I enjoyed going through, they’ll put a smile on your face.
  • Are you old enough to remember the drill to duck under your desk in case of Nuclear attack by the evil Roooskies? Then you’ll enjoy this article and accompanying illustrations(great illustrations). It now seems almost laughable, but that’s the way it was for a long time. The article was written February 1950 in Mechanix Illustrated . . . nothing like a stroll down memory lane.
  • Back on November 13th, Adrian Higgins wrote a nice peice on the Gardes of Pompeii. Seems like those folks wanted the same things in their gardens that our clients want in their gardens. I am tempted to write an entire post about these findings.

That’s it. Have a happy Thanksgiving . . . if you celebrate Thanksgiving.

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. Stone Dude,

    Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. Thankful that you take the time to share such interesting bits with all.

    Man you are all around – the popular mechanics hit on the Zulu bombers coming over Lake Erie brought back such gnawing fear – but then again we were protected by the Nike sites circling the city – he was right about one thing – that Cleveland was reporting “that shrieks and moans could be heard coming from those trapped in the ruins of this once great industrial city”- but that is just every morning in Clevetown now – especially Mondays – at least there’s still the Cavs

    and then we hear that the big 3 want not 25 mil, but 25 billion dollars, and its been 35 years of servitude to foriegn oil – no wonder you’re fired up

    Nice hit on the Therapeutic design, which further refers one to the Sustainable Site Initiative.

    Wouldn’t the stove rocks, which appear to be good ol Ohio sandstone take on moss if placed in a woodland setting?

    Those rocks would take on moss, I agree.
    Cavs . . 100% playing very well and look awesome at home. LeBron has only scored in the 4th quarter once in the past 5 games . . . now those are blowouts!

    I still stand 100% opposed to big 3 getting money . . . go bankrupt and start over, or give each of us a $20,000-$25,000 tax credit if we purchase one of their vehicles.

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