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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

When Following Makes Sense


Reviewing the recent results from the "2013 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey," one might realize that stopping in and following here makes sense. When trends indicate people are expanding their food and vegetable gardens to include orchards and vineyards (82.7 percent) you can check the archives for yourself. These are the very things we practice daily while incorporating it into the creative design process. 

When you live what you do, not just sell services, it’s only natural for it to become part of one's overall fabric. While the everyday blog talk can range on many topics, you typically find the use of native or drought-tolerant plants (83 percent), drip irrigation (82.5 percent), or many of the mentioned results from this survey blended within the daily text and images. We try to live our philosophy. We aren’t following trends but creating design with balance and harmony because we know it ourselves. We practice the one core element that is often overlooked in landscape architecture – being true stewards of the land. 

With that said, the regular followers know we don’t plug our own company; probably because self-promoting is not in our genes. This blog and all the social media (which changes much too frequently for this ‘digital immigrant’) has always been about connecting people to explore and get in touch with the outdoors. We’ve always believed that if you aren’t inspiring and educating people about what you do, if you aren’t getting someone charged up about plants, creating a sustainable site, using native materials above and beyond plants, then we are merely peddlers, not innovators, which I truly believe that landscape architects and designers should always strive to be. 

Anyone who knows us beyond social media, knows that we dance to a beat that is all our own. That's why we like to tell a story each day, like yesterday’s post. It’s meant to make you think about the face of your farmer plus give some attention to these unsung heroes.

So when does following make sense? We’ll leave it up to you but if you need a daily dose of something you can call part of your own home, we hope you’ll visit often and share this with your friends. And never underestimate the value of any outdoor space that brings you peace and comfort.

To wrap up with the daily quote, as Rita Mae Brown points out, “I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.” So only follow when it makes sense.

Image from the archives by Ann Bilowz

Top image of our grape vines in the snow
Bottom image - grapes from our own vines ready for crushing

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