Re: Ball gardens
I agree with what you've said, Kitty, and I didn't take it as bashing or
such. Being in the landscape profession...be it architect, designer, or
maintenance, doesn't automatically make one a horticulturist. I think more and more
though....at least from what I've seen, people that hire someone in the
profession are looking for someone that does have some knowledge. People are
tired of the "cookie cutter" look, or such.
In general, though, I think design is an overall concept. People that take
the time to actually come up with a design usually do some homework. I tend
to think of people that go for the seasonal color alone, or copying something
they see in a magazine to implement in their garden as more "decorating"
than design. One can see the difference, I think.....a designed garden seems to
have a purpose, a balance.....be it with repetitive plants or a variety. A
decorated garden, like a home or even a wardrobe....doesn't quite balance
out. It's more like a mishmash of things that don't quite "fit" together.
I have come to realize that there are those that garden and those that
don't. I prefer the neighbor that at least puts out something, even if it's
annuals, than not doing anything at all. I've also found that more often than
not, those gardeners that start out with the annuals, will often grow into doing
more things, and eventually realize there is more to gardening than annuals.
Sure one winces at the choices, or the placement. Often it's just a matter
of not having had someone to tell them. But they live and learn, or have
someone that gives them advice or even shares plants.
Of course, unfortunately in a few cases, they turn into plant nuts who have
way to many plants, where the idea of sticking to a design or a concept no
longer wins out....and they are hopelessly and irreversably addicted to
plants. Meeting people who turn them on to even more types of plants.....the
addiction then turns into obsession.....
surely there is medication for this??? 12 step program, something??????
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 10/26/2005 11:01:16 AM Central Standard Time,
I'm not bashing all designers. Design is important, but not everybody can
agree on what is critical to a design. Lots of differing priorities.
Remember, design is not the exclusive territory of professional designers
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