- Make it green: Send in your photos Published 09/09/2010 at 4:02 p.m.
Make It Green: How much water do we waste?
Published 09/09/2010 at 1:16 p.m.
What exactly does the word xeric mean? Hmm? Why … why … it doesn’t mean anything at all, does it? No, as we have learned, it does not. Here at design headquarters, we have thrown the word out the door. ...
Make It Green: Inspired landscapes start with solid foundation of facts
Published 08/26/2010 at 7:05 p.m.
What do designers need to know about plant material to prepare a competent planting plan? Let’s conveniently divide this issue in two: what works horticulturally, and of course what works with your design. Notice that the horticultural information is necessarily ...
Make it green: Defining zeroscape makes zero sense
Published 08/05/2010 at 5:23 p.m.
Resource stewardship is fundamental to landscape architecture, and nowadays, an important resource of concern is water. There is considerable pressure on the gardening community to reduce the use of water, and many, in despair, are seeing visions of ugliness and ...
- Make it green: These Florida plants and trees need TLC Published 07/29/2010 at 4:09 p.m.
Make It Green: Get back to the garden, but with a short list of chemicals
Published 07/15/2010 at 4:53 p.m.
You just know that your DP — Design Pundit — is an actual gardening DP, don’t you? Yes, it’s true, although, as I have mentioned, sweat does not appeal to your DP. Still, actual experience with plants and soil and ...
Make It Green: A little plant ‘magic’ will green up those dryish problem areas
Published 07/08/2010 at 5 p.m.
Two current and interesting projects are on my mind this week. Both are simple planting plans; there’s no real spatial design involved. Goals are primarily screening views, reducing costs, and controlling focal points.
Make It Green: These stalwart plants put out great blooms or voluptuous scent — or both
Published 07/01/2010 at 5 p.m.
Before we get started this week, an announcement: your Design Pundit will offer two courses this fall in the Collier Adult Education Program: “Identifying Common Plants” and “Residential Design.” Please do take a few moments to e-mail me if you ...
Make It Green: The temptation of a late Northwest spring can be overwhelming
Published 06/10/2010 at 5 p.m.
This week, a respite from design doctrine as we follow a winding road of sublime and spectacular plants of the Northwest. Why? Your Design Pundit has returned from a trip to Portland, Ore., and that is about all he wants ...
Make It Green: Inspecting sewers and rabbit trajectories
Published 05/20/2010 at 5 p.m.
Here’s a test for you: Do you remember when WNOG was “our” station? What about Dave Briscoe? Do you remember when Carl Loveday’s daily 9 AM interview was an unavoidable test of fire for every local politician? What about Saturday ...
Make It Green: Art and design can live together, but design comes first
Published 05/13/2010 at 5:01 p.m.
Over the past two years, this column has focused on a simple goal: explaining that “design” and “opinion” are entirely different things. I’ve de-emphasized the important role of art in design.
Make It Green: Plants I love to hate
Published 05/06/2010 at 5 p.m.
Your Design Pundit has a confession: He plays favorites. Here’s the story. Many years ago, we had a couple of ferrets in residence here at Peace and Plenty — Scooter and Rudy (named for Rudolph Nureyev, because the little guy ...
Make It Green: Why you should hire a landscape architect — and what it will cost you
Published 04/29/2010 at 5 p.m.
April is “National Landscape Architecture Month,” so let’s talk about “why” and “how” to engage design services, with focus on residential clients. Many of you have never been down this road.
Midrange muscle: Patio trees can handle variety of design demands
Published 04/22/2010 at 5:05 p.m.
Sometimes I ask my editor for advice: “For next week, do you want Topic A, or do you want Topic B?” Her answer: “I want Topic C”! Of course you do. It’s a idea, though: The topic is “small trees.”
Making It Green: One chapter in a development’s life: how design saved TwinEagles
Published 04/15/2010 at 5 p.m.
A project called TwinEagles sprang into being along Immokalee Road some time ago; over time, it’s been resuscitated several times.
Make It Green: Our new plants must be bullet-proof
Published 04/08/2010 at 5:02 p.m.
Finding reliable new plants isn’t simple. Even before I discovered my sublime profession, collecting those breathless seed catalogs was a passion. Over the years, while my own knowledge of plants has increased, I am still on the lookout for reliable ...
Make It Green: Don’t expect dead plants, and don’t confuse taste and design
Published 04/01/2010 at 5 p.m.
Why is sub-standard planting design the standard? This week, we slog through some of the possible reasons that the quality expectation is so low.
Make it Green: Light’s power comes from the illumination, not the fixture
Published 03/11/2010 at 8:49 p.m.
Surely magic is involved when a simple switch conjures the powerful mood of Willie Nelson’s “Stardust.” Magic is involved, too, when the addition of night illumination transforms a garden. Lighting is a frequent reader question, too.
Make it Green: Xeric is as xeric does with contemporary technology in the yard
Published 02/25/2010 at 11:20 p.m.
What Is a xeric plant? Almost any plant can be xeric. Let me explain.
Make it Green: Plan design logically and you'll always get the right plant
Published 02/18/2010 at 10:22 p.m.
Many times this column has encouraged restraint in choosing plant material, and for good reason: you simply cannot chose plants until the site, and the site uses, are well understood. When they are, you choose plants.
Make it Green: Fried foliage ... a replay on what happened
Published 02/11/2010 at 10:16 p.m.
I’ve received dozens of calls and e-mails from my readers wanting to know what to do with damaged plant material from the recent freeze, so let’s run down what we know.
Make it Green: Thoughts on a barren Haiti, a brown yard and some native inspiration
Published 02/04/2010 at 11:05 p.m.
This week, a few topics that I have wanted to tell you about, and a surprise interview. I appreciate every e-mail — please keep them coming.
Make it Green: Five ‘Big Ideas’ give you one great yard
Published 01/28/2010 at 10:56 p.m.
Before we get started this week: the long version of ‘How to Hire a Maintenance Contractor’ has been well received and heavily downloaded. It is still available on my blog (see below for address). Now: Listen up, Design Lieutenants! I ...
Make it Green: This freeze wasn’t that rare, but was devastating
Published 01/21/2010 at 10:45 p.m.
This year, Harry Hanukkah brought your design pundit a long-sought device that shows the temperature inside and outside. There’s a smallish unit that sits inside, and then there’s a sensor module, about the size of a small TV remote, that ...
Make it Green: Spell out maintenance needs before signing
Published 01/14/2010 at 8:46 p.m.
Many communities allow contractors to “self-specify”: The provider tells you what he thinks you need. It’s like opening your arms wide, asking “How much?” What are you people thinking out there?
Make it Green: I need a maintenance contractor!
Published 01/07/2010 at 10:17 p.m.
Last week, we started building a qualified list of landscape maintenance contractors to sensibly limit due diligence.
Make It Green: How to choose the right landscape maintenance company
Published 12/31/2009 at 5:03 p.m.
Well. Here we are in the new year: as soon as Santa clears the chimney, homeowner association presidents are busy calling those joyful general meetings. Having made many presentations to these annual soirees, I know just how much fun these ...
Make it Green: Our garden ... from vision, a firm footing, solid future
Published 12/24/2009 at 8:23 p.m.
Over the past year and a half, this column has been concerned with design and design criticism. I want to explain the process, and to explain what good design is and what it is not. Above all, know this: great ...
Make it Green: Design and decoration ... what’s the difference?
Published 12/17/2009 at 9:31 p.m.
In the last year, I have occasionally used this space to talk about the wonder that is “form follows function.” It’s an astonishing process that does ALL the heavy lifting. When you know how something functions, you are able to ...
Make it Green: Never let them see the whites of your flies: gardening travails
Published 12/03/2009 at 9:40 p.m.
A few odds and ends this week as we finally move from summer and into fall and, I hope, into winter. The vegetable garden is spouting, as all sorts of seeds are finally visible. There is a lot to do ...
Make it Green: Landscape design criticism comes from principle, not opinion
Published 11/19/2009 at 9:28 p.m.
My discussion of Vanderbilt Beach Road focused solely on horticulture. Briefly, many plants, chiefly green island ficus, will die due to overcrowding. In addition, silver saw palmetto has been planted far too close together. Both of these errors have resulted ...
Dig into these next-tier resources staples for your garden reading
Published 11/12/2009 at 9:34 p.m.
Two weeks ago we looked at some of the essential resource material needed by every planting designer. This week, we will dig a little deeper.
Make it Green: What’s behind that MLA that gives a landscape architect expertise?
Published 11/05/2009 at 8:55 p.m.
As I watch my garden pond with Stan Getz’ rendition of “Early Autumn” in the background, I am wondering if we are to have autumn at all this year. November conditions are more typical of August. My early vegetable garden ...
The most well-worn books on my shelves are these
Published 10/29/2009 at 9:01 p.m.
There are two things that easily capture my attention: plants and books. As one can imagine, I’ve acquired quite a pile of both. This is a good thing, because in my correspondence I am frequently asked to recommend “the best ...
Make it Green: You can get to a weed-free garden with these principles
Published 10/22/2009 at 6:04 p.m.
Let’s take a step back this week from recent contentious columns! Before moving on, though, I want to briefly address some reader responses.
Make it Green: From around the world to our garden, simplified
Published 10/15/2009 at 9:04 p.m.
As I write this, my wife is in Mumbai. Suzie will spend the month of October studying Iyengar Yoga with the Iyengar family in Pune, India. I’ve been on this trip twice, both times as a student, once to attend ...
Make it Green: ‘Measured’ tolerance is more useful than ‘zero’ for plants
Published 10/08/2009 at 8:02 p.m.
Some of the fertilizers we use in our gardens are finding a home in our lakes, rivers and in the Gulf instead. This is not a good thing, and to ameliorate this nutrient movement, many municipalities and counties are taking ...
Leaving the beach, heading for the garden
Published 08/30/2009 at 3:33 p.m.
e average water temperatures for August and September are 87 degrees and 86 degrees, respectively, but in October the temperature drops to 81, and stays in the 70s and 60s until June. So, when the beach disappears, what to do, ...