I’m just not Sure I Understand

I planted my 1st tree at my Grandpa’s before 10. I started working at a b&b nursery when I was 14.

Hell and back;

By my casual estimate I have planted 1,000’s of trees over my landscape career. Plus I spent several months over several years working on the ground in bug-infested, snake-ridden, mosquito hells in Central America planting trees . . . for no reward other than the fact that I did it*.

I will continue to plant trees on my property and for others when I can.

As a designer who works on large projects I spec a lot of trees and will continue to do so until I can no longer work as a professional designer. Trees are a important part of any landscape providing a laundry list of benefits.

Trees mean a lot to me, they always have . . . always will.

The great Live oaks of the South, The awesome Redwoods and Firs in the West. Here in Ohio Buckeyes, Oaks, Beeches, Maples. The ancient Cedar, Cypress, and Gingko I touched in China.

Trees are awesome, awe-inspiring and add a sense of place and space that nothing else on Earth can do.

Having said all that

For the life of me I cannot figure out this behavior and this emotion.

I just don’t get it.


*Addendum: I very rarely mention the time and work spent in Central America, I will say this. If you want to really help . . .  go down there, start nurseries, distribute seed, liners, and planting technique(s).

Please understand that de-forestation is not a black and white issue, there are several layers of compelling factors, emotion, money, bluster, needs, etc., going on.

Sending money means a dime or two on the dollar actually go to planting of trees . . . if you’re lucky.

Never 3rd

Lastly, when walking through jungle or deep grass never be the 3rd person in the line.

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. You need to tell us a little bit more about why ‘Never be 3rd’ in line when walking through the jungle…

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