WCI Workshops

Sticky:  08/23/10 update:

In the Works

We will be at the CENTS Show again in 2011, definitely doing the 1 day Stone Workshop on Sunday. I am not sure about lectures or other workshops, but I have to make decisions fairly quickly.

We have several ideas for dry-stack stone Workshops and I am working on dates right now. There is a chance we will finally be able to do up to 3 in 2011, everyone is working hard on getting schedules to mesh.

I am also anxious to hold some day long design classes, and some day long hands-on graphics classes so stay tuned for those announcements. These classes will be held for no more than 6 to 12 folks at a time.

The Formal Garden in pencil

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. Rick – for your rock throwing sessions, I suggest trying to get the word out through ONLA’s Buckyeye, OLA’s Growing Concern, the APLD Ohio chapter calendar. etc.

    Have to agree with you guys about the elephant graves. Need the garden police, but hard to beat the drama of a GOOD sculpting job on the land, where appropriate.

    You recall I had issue with the presenter at Cents when she pontificated that its a bad thing to see a bulldozer on a new site (sustainability). I would hate to never have seen a picture of A E Bye did for his client on the Soros project with a summer on the bulldozer. (Landscape into Art)

    Regarding your obsession with design principles – keep it up – good stuff that hopefully all interested in design will be reading, if not having the inclination to comment back.

    As you can see from my website, I also love the discussion of what guidelines we all follow when looking at a new site and I center from the drama of unity and dynamics. Facinating stuff, and it’s all the more fun for it seems that a comprehensive set of landscape design principles has yet to be wirtten in stone. There are common threads to start from but many seem to be merrily tweeking nuances to suit us.

    Design principles – advanced design principles? How do we imbue it all so we’re not mired in anyalysis pararlysis, but just do it intuitively. Work and thought. I hope all love it and realize it may show why we choose this field and not accounting

    The Dr. of your introductory video showed that design guidelines can be a bear to get accross to the public, especially in a 30 sec. filler for the local Iowa City TV filler.

    Gregory Pierseall spoke at the APLD chapter seminar recently in Chicago, and did a great synoposis of his take on design principles and how they applied to a smart home’s yard that he has been involved with. A real unexpected Sunday morning waker-upper for those that get fired up about the guts of design.


    You are doing the same Dude. Keep writing.

  2. Rick is a trained professional, just like those employed at Blue Spruce Nursery in Clifton Park, New York. If you live in the Capital Region of New York and need landscaping experts to transform and/or maintain your beautiful yard, Blue Spruce Nursery is the business to take care of it. Their services include residential landscaping, residential irrigation, sprinkler systems, hardscape design of walkways, patios, retaining walls and driveways. They also provide services to the commercial sector including lawn maintenance, lawn mowing, plantings, snowplowing, tree installation and more. They have been in business for over 30 years and have won multiple awards for landscaping companies.

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