A Garden Tour to

The Cultural Landscape Foundation has started an initiative called “Garden Dialogues”. It’s an opportunity to visit some spectacular landscapes, meet the owners and the landscape architects they’ve hired on to plan and design their spaces and learn about the whole process.

The dialogue here in Seattle begins in a few weeks with three landscapes that will be open to the public (for a fee of $35 per garden).

It’s no surprise that the garden that claims to have the most diverse and interesting plant material is sold out (Green Residence), but the other two should still offer a lot of interesting things to observe and definitely learn from.

It’s an opportunity to be in a space that we probably can’t afford, but if you’re at all interested in architecture and landscape design, this is well worth getting an opportunity to see!

I decided to mention this event because it raises a topic that I’ve been wanting to discuss. In my line of work, job titles vary considerably and are loosely given to anyone who claims to be a “landscaper”. I’ve often been asked what the difference is between a landscape architect, a landscape designer, and a landscape contractor.

Many will think that they’re all the same, but these terms are very “loose” at times as they mean different things depending on what part of the world you’re in and/or if you’ve got a license or credentials stating you are, in fact, a landscape ___________.

One of the problems that has occurred over time has been individuals or a company will claim to be one or another in order to secure a job. When someone is looking to hire a company to work on a landscape, most people expect a company to be able to do EVERYTHING. So when it comes to billing, it’s just one check; to one company; and that’s that.

Let’s start with defining each one:

*Landscape Architects (LA): Focuses on the planning, design and direction of a public/private spaces. This field determines the BIG PICTURE thinking more about objects in a space and how it works together. ional spaces, large estates, commercial properties and occasionally, large-scale residential landscapes Very little emphasis or knowledge of plant materials and environmental factors beyond their expertise.

*Landscape/Garden Designer: Integrating concepts of design using structure/hardscape and plants/softscape (a term rarely used these days, it seems). Potentially a non-licensed LA. This is what most residential home owners will want to hire. They often have a very strong background in horticulture and pay close attention to proper plant selection, environmental factors, and are able to cater to the needs and specific requests from a client.

*Landscape Contractor: This is the individual or team that is responsible for physically building, installing and maintaining the landscape. They are often general contractors able to build structures, move and handle rocks, install irrigation, and water features.

Source: blog.seattlepi.com

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You enjoy to work in your garden and you have a lot of ideas and plans, but no conception to realise it?
What are you thinking about if a professional gardener would come into your own garden and would teach and show you all the things which you would like to know.
He plans and designs with you!!
He works and gets dirty with you!!
He shops with you in a gardencenter!!
He looks over your shoulder and gives you tips and tricks!!
Do it by yourself, but with help
please let me know what are you thinking about this new idea

Some book choices

Sunset has a paperback book called " Herbs" an illustrated guide that has good photographs, general growing and planning information and actual layout plans .
Two other books to find at the local library are :
Small Period Gardens by Roy Strong
and Rosemary Vereys Good Planting Plans.
Both books above have excellent photography, history and planting plans to assist you in your planning.
Also click to google with the words, The Cloister Gardens in New York.
From that website you further research the powerful history of the herb garden thru the ages as well as see an example(s) of a beautiful herb garden

Climate of change ahead for gardening  — Newsday
While many gardeners scan the newly arrived seed catalogs to plan their next growing season, the industry's visionaries are pouring talent and resources into products and ideas they hope will be sown in years to come. .. FLOWERS.

Message to a heartbroken widow: embrace your grief  — Irish Times
And go for a walk in the garden. Examine the dead plants and the frosty clay that was so full of flower last August.

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