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trees and other design elements

I think many people are influenced by the media as to what their home should
look like.  Check the magazines.  You're *supposed* to have a patio and
landscaping.  So they have it done even if using it doesn't appeal to them.
I believe landscapers often realize that their clients just want the pretty
picture with low maintenance and that the broad expanse of sunlit lawn still
rates highly with their customers.  So they give them what they want.  And,
as has been mentioned, many people are afraid of doing things out of the
ordinary for fear of repercussions to  property value.  Your area is
relatively new and upscale and it would seem to me that most buyers would
not want to take big chances.

Which makes me think of a recent community issue here.  As our city expands,
new developments go up in every direction.  Occasionally this will include
new apartment complexes or retirement communities.  One national chain built
a lovely complex of retirement apartments with the building' sided in their
trademark soft yellow w/white trim.  The nieghbors were up in arms!
meetings called!  petitions to the city to force them to change the color to
blend with the neighborhood!  How could they side the comlex in that gaudy
brash color when everything else - absolutely everything else - is boring


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Donna " <justme@prairieinet.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, January 31, 2004 11:36 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] update on garden/bottle brush

> Well Bonnie- doubt that will ever happen- the only neighbors I see are
> the kids... all adults do not come out of their homes... maybe a peak
> out the window, but sadly, not one enjoys the fresh air. At first I
> thought it was due to working inside getting unpacked- but 5 years down
> the line- they are still not outside:(  One had a nice brick patio with
> an open covering, bought nice patio furniture, had a landscaper come in
> and did plant some trees and shrubs.... have never once seen them out
> there.... they even have a lawn service cut the grass and take care of
> the plantings......
> Donna
> > Behalf Of Bonnie & Bill Morgan
> > Donna, I think you will inspire others in your area to plant trees.
> Just
> > give neighbors a little time in the hot sun before inviting them into
> your
> > shade under a lovely tree and they will see the logic.

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